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Forest Diversity and Function: Temperate and Boreal Systems

Series: Ecological Studies Volume: 176

Edited By: M Scherer-Lorenzen, Ch Körner and ED Schulze

399 pages, 102 figs, 22 tabs

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #150182 | ISBN: 3540221913
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About this book

In this volume, for the first time, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem processes in forests is thoroughly explored. The text examines the multiple effects of tree diversity on productivity and growth, biogeochemical cycles, animals, pests, and disturbances. Further, the importance of diversity at different scales, ranging from stand management to global issues, is considered. The authors provide both extensive reviews of the existing literature and own datasets.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Im vorliegenden Band werden ! Untersuchungen zu den Zusammenhangen zwischen der Diversitat ganzer Walder und verschiedenen okologischen Prozessen dargestellt ! sowie der Kenntnisstand zu einigen der betrachteten Aspekte zusammenfassend prasentiert. ! Aufgrund der Fulle an fundierten Informationen ! ist das Buch ! fur eine Reihe weiterer wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen von grossem Interesse. Neben zahlreichen biowissenschaftlichen Arbeitsrichtungen sind es in den Geowissenschaften wohl vor allem die Geookologie, ! die Palaobotanik und die terrestrische Palaokologie, die durch dieses Werk eine Fulle wichtiger Informationen und neuer Denkanstosse erhalten konnen !" (D. UHL, in: Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie Teil II, 2006, Issue 1-2, S. 123 f.)


Contents

An introduction to the functional diversity of temperate forest trees.- Diversity and productivity in forests: evidence from long-term experimental plots.- Confounding factors of the observational productivity-diversity relationship in forests.- Genetic diversity parameters associated with viability selection, reproductive efficiency and growth in forest tree species.- Functioning of mixed-species stands: evidence from a long-term forest experiment.- The role of biodiversity on the evaporation of forests.- Effects of tree species diversity on litter quality and decomposition.- The effect of biodiversity on carbon storage in soils.- Silviculture and its interaction with biodiversity and the carbon balance of forest soils.- Linkages between tree diversity, soil fauna and ecosystem processes.- A test of the biodiversity-stability theory: meta-analysis of tree species diversity effects on insect pest infestations, and re-examination of responsible factors.- Susceptibility to fungal pathogens of forests differing in tree diversity.- Implication of forest diversity for the resistance to strong winds.- Fire regime and tree diversity in boreal forests: implications for the carbon cycle.- The design of experimental tree plantations for functional biodiversity research.

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