Hydrological Effects on Below Ground Processes in Temperate and Mediterranean Forests

  • Boris RewaldEmail author
  • Panagiotis Michopoulos
  • Lise Dalsgaard
  • David L. Jones
  • Douglas L. Godbold
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 212)


Soil moisture availabilities in European forest ecosystems are varying within the seasonal cycle. Under climate warming, altered precipitation patterns as well as increased temperatures are predicted to result in more frequent or prolonged summer droughts and more severe floods. This review addresses the impact of soil water deficit or excess on soil processes, mycorrhizal symbionts and woody root systems. While we have collected several lines of evidence for adaptive physiological, anatomical and morphological mechanism of fine roots on a single species level, consequences of those changes on the competitive ability and thus the composition of future European forest are hardly known. Thus, future studies are suggested to address the impacts of altered resource availabilities on competitive abilities above and below ground.


Fine Root Root Biomass Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Fine Root Biomass Root Surface Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris Rewald
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Panagiotis Michopoulos
    • 3
  • Lise Dalsgaard
    • 4
  • David L. Jones
    • 5
  • Douglas L. Godbold
    • 5
  1. 1.Plant EcologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Blaustein Institutes for Desert ResearchBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeershebaIsrael
  3. 3.Forest Research Institute of AthensAthensGreece
  4. 4.Norwegian Forest and Landscape InstituteÅsNorway
  5. 5.Environment Centre WalesBangor UniversityGwyneddUK

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