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Management of deciduous forest stands for biodiversity and biofuel

Coordinator: Frank Götmark (Professor)
Jenny Leonardsson (PhD student), Anna Monrad Jensen (PhD student, SLU Alnarp), Niklas Franc (PhD, now at Naturcentrum), Björn Nordén (PhD, Plant and Environmental Sciences), Heidi Paltto (PhD, now at SLU Uppsala), Ted von Proschwitz (PhD, Gothenburg Museum of Natural History), and undergraduate students.

Studieområde vid Aspenäs, nära Sommen, ÖstergötlandStudy area at Aspenäs, close to lake Sommen, Östergötland. 

Project description

Proper management of temperate forest is a basic requirement in biological conservation and modern forestry. In this multidisciplinary project we are studying the effects on fauna and flora of thinning of high (deciduous) forest (20-90% oak, by volume). The stands have a history of grazing (woodland pastures) but are now dense, with closed or almost closed canopy and many tree species. Thinning may be beneficial or destructive in terms of biodiversity, depending on the particular group of organisms. We are presently studying beetles, fungus gnats, terrestrial molluscs, vascular plants, mosses, lichens and fungi. This is a long-term, experimental study, where we cooperate with researchers at the Natural history museum (Göteborg), Botany department (Stockholm University), Skogforsk (Ås, Norge) and taxonomists in other countries.

Page Manager: Sven Toresson|Last update: 10/1/2010

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