Dead wood provides a huge terrestrial carbon stock and a habitat to wide-ranging organisms during its decay. Our brief review highlights that, in order to understand environmental change impacts on these functions, we need to quantify the contributions of different interacting biotic and abiotic drivers to wood decomposition. LOGLIFE is a new long-term ‘common-garden’ experiment to disentangle the effects of species’ wood traits and site-related environmental drivers on wood decomposition dynamics and its associated diversity of microbial and invertebrate communities. This experiment is firmly rooted in pioneering experiments under the directorship of Terry Callaghan at Abisko Research Station, Sweden. LOGLIFE features two contrasting forest sites in the Netherlands, each hosting a similar set of coarse logs and branches of 10 tree species. LOGLIFE welcomes other researchers to test further questions concerning coarse wood decay that will also help to optimise forest management in view of carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation.
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This contribution is to celebrate Terry Callaghan’s illustrious career in arctic and global change ecology and carbon cycling research, and to thank him for his generous scientific guidance and support to several of the authors over many years. Terry also made important contributions to the leaf litter decomposition experiments in Abisko, which represented an important step towards designing LOGLIFE. We are also grateful to Jop de Klein and the Schovenhorst Estate, Putten, for hosting one half of the LOGLIFE experiment; and to the National Forestry Commission (Staatsbosbeheer), particularly Jaap Rouwenhorst and Jos Rutten, for facilitating and hosting the other half of LOGLIFE in Hollandse Hout, Flevoland. Rienk-Jan Bijlsma (ALTERRA, Wageningen University) helped us to identify the best incubation site there in the forest reserve. Jasper Wubs, Stefan Jongste, Henk van Roekel, Gerard Mekking, Thomas Geydan, Max Rudnick, Olaf Tyc, Maria Hundscheid, Nic van der Velden, Annemiek Reijngoud and Myrthe Fonck kindly helped with fieldwork. Funding of the subproject mentioned in Box 1 was provided by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) in the form of a personal VENI grant to A. v.d. Wal.
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Cornelissen, J.H.C., Sass-Klaassen, U., Poorter, L. et al. Controls on Coarse Wood Decay in Temperate Tree Species: Birth of the LOGLIFE Experiment. AMBIO 41, 231–245 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-012-0304-3
- Coarse woody debris
- Wood decomposition
- Functional trait