Forest Diversity and Function

Temperate and Boreal Systems

  • Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
  • Christian Körner
  • Ernst-Detlef Schulze

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 176)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

  3. Productivity and Growth

  4. Biogeochemical Cycles

  5. Animals, Pests, and Disturbances

  6. Perspectives

    1. M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. Potvin, J. Koricheva, B. Schmid, A. Hector, Z. Bornik et al.
      Pages 347-376
    2. M. Scherer-Lorenzen, Ch. Körner, E.-D. Schulze
      Pages 377-389
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 391-401

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.


Artenvielfalt Fauna Forstwirtschaft Silviculture biodiversity biogeochemical cycles biogeochemische Zyklen ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes forest forest trees forestry species diversity Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
    • 1
  • Christian Körner
    • 2
  • Ernst-Detlef Schulze
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) Department of Agricultural and Food SciencesInstitute of Plant SciencesZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Max-Planck-Institute for BiogeochemistryJenaGermany

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