Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations

Verheyen, K. and Vanhellemont, M. and Auge, H. and Baeten, L. and Baraloto, C. and Barsoum, N. and Bilodeau-Gauthier, S. and Bruelheide, H. and Castagneyrol, B. and Godbold, D. and Haase, J. and Hector, A. and Jactel, H. and Koricheva, J. and Loreau, M. and Mereu, S. and Messier, C. and Muys, B. and Nolet, P. and Paquette, A. and Parker, J. and Perring, M. and Ponette, Q. and Potvin, C. and Reich, P. and Smith, A.R. and Weih, M. and Scherer-Lorenzen, M (2015) Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. Ambio, 45 (1). pp. 29-41. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0685-1

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The area of forest plantations is increasing worldwide helping to meet timber demand and protect natural forests. However, with global change, monospecific plantations are increasingly vulnerable to abiotic and biotic disturbances. As an adaption measure we need to move to plantations that are more diverse in genotypes, species, and structure, with a design underpinned by science. TreeDivNet, a global network of tree diversity experiments, responds to this need by assessing the advantages and disadvantages of mixed species plantations. The network currently consists of 18 experiments, distributed over 36 sites and five ecoregions. With plantations 1-15 years old, TreeDivNet can already provide relevant data for forest policy and management. In this paper, we highlight some early results on the carbon sequestration and pest resistance potential of more diverse plantations. Finally, suggestions are made for new, innovative experiments in understudied regions to complement the existing network.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2016 03:12
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2016 03:12
ISSN: 0044-7447
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6245
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0685-1
Publisher: Springer
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