Tree species promote forest productivity through complementary traits above and belowground

Xin Jing, Bart Muys, Helge Bruelheide, Ellen Desie, Stephan Hättenschwiler, Hervé Jactel, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Paul Kardol, Sophia Ratcliffe, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Federico Selvi, Karen Vancampenhout, Fons van der Plas, Kris Verheyen, Lars Vesterdal, Juan Zuo, Koenraad Van Meerbeek Over the last three decades, numerous studies have been conducted to investigate the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem functioning. The overall conclusion is that diverse plant communities … Continue reading Tree species promote forest productivity through complementary traits above and belowground

Oak tree (Quercus petraea) producing acorns at high elevation in the French Pyrenees. Photo credit: Thomas Caignard

Oaks adapt their reproduction to counteract the harsh environment

Caignard, Thomas; Kremer, Antoine; Bouteiller, Xavier; Parmentier, Julien; Louvet, Jean-Marc; Venner, Samuel; Delzon, Sylvain To understand and predict the response of forests to climate change, researchers in ecology study the variability of specific functional traits, also known as life history traits. These traits characterize the capacity of a tree to grow, survive and reproduce in its environment. Understanding their variability in response to contrasting environments … Continue reading Oaks adapt their reproduction to counteract the harsh environment