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Forest Diversity and Function

Temperate and Boreal Systems

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  • © 2005


  • Ten years after the publication of Vol. 99 "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function" edited by E.-D. Schulze and H.A. Mooney, this volume explores the field for the first time for the forest realm
  • A landmark for the current discussions on biodiversity
  • Not only of scientific importance, but also for the sustainable use of forest resources
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Part of the book series: Ecological Studies (ECOLSTUD, volume 176)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Productivity and Growth

  3. Biogeochemical Cycles

  4. Perspectives


About this book

One of the central research themes in ecology is evaluating the extent to which biological richness is necessary to sustain the Earth's system and the functioning of individual ecosystems. 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. The volume is ideally suited for researchers and practitioners involved in ecosystem management and the sustainable use of forest resources.


From the reviews:

"... As is usual with this series, the chapters are written with authority and contain a lot of good science. ... this volume has a lot to offer to those working in the area and will be useful for senior undergraduates and graduate students wanting to get to grips with a complex field." (Bulletin of the British Ecological Socienty)

"... I enjoyed reading this book and would heartily recommend it to interested researchers ..." (Ecology)

“Ten years later a LINECOL (Linking Community and Ecosystem Ecology Programme) workshop was held at Weimar, 13-15 June, 2002 to continue and extend the debate. The present book is the workshop report. … Reading this book is a must for forest ecologists and forestry and biology students. It is highly recommended to forest practitioners and owners … . It also should be read as source of information on forests ecosystem reality by conservationists, environmentalists, campaigners and those who consider themselves stakeholders in forestry.” (Eberhard F. Bruenig, International Forestry Review, Vol. 7 (3), September, 2005)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Institute of Plant Sciences, Zürich, Switzerland

    Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

  • Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

    Christian Körner

  • Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

    Ernst-Detlef Schulze

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