Main Experiments Publications

Wensheng Bu, Bernhard Schmid, Xiaojuan Liu, Ying Li, Werner Haerdtle, Goddert von Oheimb, Yu Liang, Zhenkai Sun, Yuanyuan Huang, Helge Bruelheide, and Keping Ma. 2017. Interspecific and intraspecific variation in specific root length drives aboveground biodiversity effects in young experimental forest stands. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:158-169. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw096.

David Eichenberg, Katherina Pietsch, Christian Meister, Wenyong Ding, Mingjian Yu, and Christian Wirth. 2017. The effect of microclimate on wood decay is indirectly altered by tree species diversity in a litterbag study. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:170-178. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw116.

Andreas Fichtner, Werner Härdtle, Ying Li, Helge Bruelheide, Matthias Kunz, and Goddert von Oheimb. 2017. From competition to facilitation: how tree species respond to neighbourhood diversity. Ecology Letters. 20:892-900. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12786.

Markus S. Germany, Helge Bruelheide, and Alexandra Erfmeier. 2017. Limited tree richness effects on herb layer composition, richness and productivity in experimental forest stands. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:190-200. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw109.

Christoph Z. Hahn, Pascal A. Niklaus, Helge Bruelheide, Stefan G. Michalski, Miaomiao Shi, Xuefei Yang, Xueqin Zeng, Markus Fischer, and Walter Durka. 2017. Opposing intraspecific vs. interspecific diversity effects on herbivory and growth in subtropical experimental tree assemblages. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:242-251. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw098.

Katrin N. Leppert, Pascal A. Niklaus, and Michael Scherer-Lorenzen. 2017. Does species richness of subtropical tree leaf litter affect decomposition, nutrient release, transfer and subsequent uptake by plants? Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 115:44-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.08.007.

Shanshan Li, Yuewei Tong, and Zhengwen Wang. 2017. Species and genetic diversity affect leaf litter decomposition in subtropical broadleaved forest in southern China. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:232-241. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw122.

Ying Li, Wenzel Kröber, Helge Bruelheide, Werner Härdtle, and Goddert von Oheimb. 2017. Crown and leaf traits as predictors of subtropical tree sapling growth rates. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:136-145. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw041.

Keping Ma, Jinsheng He, Helge Bruelheide, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Xiaojuan Liu, and Bernhard Schmid. 2017. Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research in Chinese subtropical forests. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:1-3. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw129.

Pascal A. Niklaus, Martin Baruffol, Jinsheng He, Keping Ma, and Bernhard Schmid. 2017. Can niche plasticity promote biodiversity-productivity relationships through increased complementarity? Ecology. 98:1104-1116. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1748.

Zhiqin Pei, Katrin N. Leppert, David Eichenberg, Helge Bruelheide, Pascal A. Niklaus, François Buscot, and Jessica L. M. Gutknecht. 2017. Leaf litter diversity alters microbial activity, microbial abundances, and nutrient cycling in a subtropical forest ecosystem. Biogeochemistry. 134:163-181. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-017-0353-6.

Siyi Peng, Bernhard Schmid, Josephine Haase, and Pascal A. Niklaus. 2017. Leaf area increases with species richness in young experimental stands of subtropical trees. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:128-135. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw016.

Christian Ristok, Katrin N. Leppert, Katrin Franke, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Pascal A. Niklaus, Ludger A. Wessjohann, and Helge Bruelheide. 2017. Leaf litter diversity positively affects the decomposition of plant polyphenols. Plant and Soil. 419:305-317. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-017-3340-8.

Bernhard Schmid, Martin Baruffol, Zhiheng Wang, and Pascal A. Niklaus. 2017. A guide to analyzing biodiversity experiments. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:91-110. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw107.

Thomas Scholten, Philipp Goebes, Peter Kühn, Steffen Seitz, Thorsten Assmann, Jürgen Bauhus, Helge Bruelheide, François Buscot, Alexandra Erfmeier, Markus Fischer, Werner Härdtle, Jinsheng He, Keping Ma, Pascal A. Niklaus, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Bernhard Schmid, Xuezheng Shi, Zhengshan Song, Goddert von Oheimb, Christian Wirth, Tesfaye Wubet, and Karsten Schmidt. 2017. On the combined effect of soil fertility and topography on tree growth in subtropical forest ecosystems-a study from SE China. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:111-127. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw065.

Andreas Schuldt, Felix Fornoff, Helge Bruelheide, Alexandra-Maria Klein, and Michael Staab. 2017. Tree species richness attenuates the positive relationship between mutualistic ant - hemipteran interactions and leaf chewer herbivory. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 284:20171489. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.1489.

Andreas Schuldt, Lydia Honig, Ying Li, Andreas Fichtner, Werner Härdtle, Goddert von Oheimb, Erik Welk, and Helge Bruelheide. 2017. Herbivore and pathogen effects on tree growth are additive, but mediated by tree diversity and plant traits. Ecology and Evolution. 7:7462-7474. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3292.

Steffen Seitz, Martin Nebel, Philipp Goebes, Karsten Kappeler, Karsten Schmidt, Xuezheng Shi, Zhengshan Song, Carla L. Webber, Bettina Weber, and Thomas Scholten. 2017. Bryophyte-dominated biological soil crusts mitigate soil erosion in an early successional Chinese subtropical forest. Biogeosciences. 14:5775-5788. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5775-2017.

Michael Staab, Felix Fornoff, Alexandra-Maria Klein, and Nico Blüthgen. 2017. Ants at Plant Wounds: A Little-Known Trophic Interaction with Evolutionary Implications for Ant-Plant Interactions. American Naturalist. 190:442-450. https://doi.org/10.1086/692735.

Michael Staab, Joel Methorst, Jan Peters, Nico Blüthgen, and Alexandra-Maria Klein. 2017. Tree diversity and nectar composition affect arthropod visitors on extrafloral nectaries in a diversity experiment. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:201-212. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw017.

Zhenkai Sun, Xiaojuan Liu, Bernhard Schmid, Helge Bruelheide, Wensheng Bu, and Keping Ma. 2017. Positive effects of tree species richness on fine-root production in a subtropical forest in SE-China. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:146-157. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw094.

Stefan Trogisch, Andreas Schuldt, Jürgen Bauhus, Juliet A. Blum, Sabine Both, François Buscot, Nadia Castro-Izaguirre, Douglas Chesters, Walter Durka, David Eichenberg, Alexandra Erfmeier, Markus Fischer, Christian Geißler, Markus S. Germany, Philipp Goebes, Jessica Gutknecht, Christoph Zacharias Hahn, Sylvia Haider, Werner Härdtle, Jin-Sheng He, Andy Hector, Lydia Hönig, Yuanyuan Huang, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Peter Kühn, Matthias Kunz, Katrin N. Leppert, Ying Li, Xiaojuan Liu, Pascal A. Niklaus, Zhiqin Pei, Katherina A. Pietsch, Ricarda Prinz, Tobias Proß, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Karsten Schmidt, Thomas Scholten, Steffen Seitz, Zhengshan Song, Michael Staab, Goddert Oheimb, Christina Weißbecker, Erik Welk, Christian Wirth, Tesfaye Wubet, Bo Yang, Xuefei Yang, Chao-Dong Zhu, Bernhard Schmid, Keping Ma, and Helge Bruelheide. 2017. Toward a methodical framework for comprehensively assessing forest multifunctionality. Ecology and Evolution. 7:10652-10674. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3488.

Bo Yang, Ying Li, Bingyang Ding, Sabine Both, Alexandra Erfmeier, Werner Härdtle, Keping Ma, Bernhard Schmid, Thomas Scholten, Gunnar Seidler, Goddert von Oheimb, Xuefei Yang, and Helge Bruelheide. 2017. Impact of tree diversity and environmental conditions on the survival of shrub species in a forest biodiversity experiment in subtropical China. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:179-189. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw099.

Xueqin Zeng, Walter Durka, and Markus Fischer. 2017. Species-specific effects of genetic diversity and species diversity of experimental communities on early tree performance. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:252-258. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw108.

Xueqin Zeng, Walter Durka, Erik Welk, and Markus Fischer. 2017. Heritability of early growth traits and their plasticity in 14 woody species of Chinese subtropical forest. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10:222-231. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw086.

Jiayong Zhang, Helge Bruelheide, Xufei Chen, David Eichenberg, Wenzel Kröber, Xuwen Xu, Liting Xu, and Andreas Schuldt. 2017. Tree diversity promotes generalist herbivore community patterns in a young subtropical forest experiment. Oecologia. 183:455-467. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-016-3769-0.