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

(2016) AMBIO. 45(1). p.29-41
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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.
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Functional biodiversity research, Ecological restoration, Sustainable forest management, Plantation forest, Biodiversity experiments, CLIMATE-CHANGE, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, BIODIVERSITY LOSS, TROPICAL FORESTS, HERBIVORY, PRODUCTIVITY, INSECTS, DENSITY, BIOMASS, STANDS

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Verheyen, Kris, Margot Vanhellemont, Harald Auge, Lander Baeten, Christopher Baraloto, Nadia Barsoum, Simon Bilodeau-Gauthier, et al. 2016. “Contributions of a Global Network of Tree Diversity Experiments to Sustainable Forest Plantations.” Ambio 45 (1): 29–41.
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Verheyen, Kris, Vanhellemont, M., Auge, H., Baeten, L., Baraloto, C., Barsoum, N., Bilodeau-Gauthier, S., et al. (2016). Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. AMBIO, 45(1), 29–41.
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Verheyen K, Vanhellemont M, Auge H, Baeten L, Baraloto C, Barsoum N, et al. Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations. AMBIO. 2016;45(1):29–41.
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Verheyen, Kris, Margot Vanhellemont, Harald Auge, et al. “Contributions of a Global Network of Tree Diversity Experiments to Sustainable Forest Plantations.” AMBIO 45.1 (2016): 29–41. Print.
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  abstract     = {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.},
  author       = {Verheyen, Kris and Vanhellemont, Margot and Auge, Harald and Baeten, Lander and Baraloto, Christopher  and Barsoum, Nadia and Bilodeau-Gauthier, Simon and Bruelheide, Helge and Castagneyrol, Bastien and Godbold, Douglas and Haase, Josephine and Hector, Andy and Jactel, Herv{\'e} and Koricheva, Julia and Loreau, Michel and Mereu, Simone and Messier, Christian and Muys, Bart and Nolet, Philippe and Paquette, Alain and Parker, John and Perring, Michael and Ponette, Quentin and Potvin, Catherine and Reich, Peter and Smith, Andy and Weih, Martin and Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael},
  issn         = {0044-7447},
  journal      = {AMBIO},
  keyword      = {Functional biodiversity research,Ecological restoration,Sustainable forest management,Plantation forest,Biodiversity experiments,CLIMATE-CHANGE,ECOSYSTEM SERVICES,BIODIVERSITY LOSS,TROPICAL FORESTS,HERBIVORY,PRODUCTIVITY,INSECTS,DENSITY,BIOMASS,STANDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {29--41},
  title        = {Contributions of a global network of tree diversity experiments to sustainable forest plantations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0685-1},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {2016},
}

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