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The FORBIO experiment

“The FORBIO experiment”

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2017 newsletter

All treediv|Belgium news from 2017 can be found in the newsletter.

BES meeting Ecology Across Borders

In December, about 1600 researchers gathered in Gent for the annual BES meeting.

Bram presented a poster on the effects of tree species identity and diversity on light transmittance in the TREEWEB platform. Irene talked about her leaf herbivory project in the TREEWEB platform. Rita talked about her research on the importance of tree diversity in tree vitality and tree growth responses to drought. Kris and Thomas organized a post-conference excursion to the Zedelgem site of the FORBIO experiment.

TREEWEB paper about light transmittance to the understorey

Bram published a paper on the effects of tree species identity and diversity on light transmittance in Ecology and Evolution.

He found that a complementary shrub layer exploits the higher light availability in particular tree species combinations. Resources at the forest floor were thus determined by the combined effect of the tree and shrub layer. Mixing species led to less heterogeneity in the amount of light, which reduces abiotic niche variability.

TREEWEB paper about the understorey

Stefanie published a paper on the effects of tree species identity and diversity on understorey diversity and composition in Plant Ecology and Evolution.

Tree species identity was more important than diversity in explaining the patterns in understorey vegetation.