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Species richness, functional traits and climate interactively affect tree survival in a large forest biodiversity experiment

Tree survival affects forest biodiversity, structure and functioning. However, little is known about feedback effects of biodiversity on survival and its dependence on functional trai...

In Paper, Aug 18, 2022

Effects of enemy exclusion on biodiversity–productivity relationships in a subtropical forest experiment

Interspecific niche complementarity is a key mechanism posited to explain positive species richness–productivity relationships in plant communities. However, the exact nature of the n...

In Paper, Jun 02, 2022

Plants play stronger effects on soil fungal than bacterial communities and co-occurrence network structures in a subtropical tree diversity experiment

Increasing biodiversity loss profoundly affects community structure and ecosystem functioning. Therefore, revealing the mechanisms associated with community assembly and co-occurrence...

In Paper, Jun 01, 2022

Neighbourhood Species Richness Reduces Crown Asymmetry of Subtropical Trees in Sloping Terrain

Reforestation in sloping terrain is an important measure for soil erosion control and sustainable watershed management. The mechanical stability of such reforested stands, however, ca...

In Paper, Mar 16, 2022

Niche partitioning in nitrogen uptake among subtropical tree species enhances biomass production

The relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning has become one of the key topics in ecological studies. Niche partitioning, brought about by a complementary resourc...

In Paper, Mar 07, 2022

Planting new forests with high functional diversity helps improve productivity

As forests age, differences in species functional traits become more important and reliable in predicting forest productivity, according to an international study led by Prof. MA Kepi...

In Paper, Nov 08, 2021

Special issue: Tree Diversity Effects on Ecosystem Functioning

Although the exceptional role of forests for human well-being is undisputed and widely acknowledged (Watson et al. 2018), a global downward trend in the global forest area persists (F...

In news, Sep 04, 2021

Understanding biodiversity in forests

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Botany has led pioneering work on forests biodiversity and the associated nature-based services that support societies.

In news, Sep 01, 2021

Phylogenetic relatedness, functional traits, and spatial scale determine herbivore co‐occurrence in a subtropical forest

Species co-occurrence can examine whether and why two or more species co-exist. However, the understanding of the relevant mechanism remains a challenging. Previous studies have sugge...

In Paper, Aug 10, 2021