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The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world

Dries Landuyt (UGent) , Emiel De Lombaerde (UGent) , Michael Perring (UGent) , Lionel Hertzog (UGent) , Evy Ampoorter (UGent) , Sybryn Maes (UGent) , Pieter De Frenne (UGent) , Shiyu Ma (UGent) , Willem Proesmans (UGent) , Haben Blondeel (UGent) , et al.
(2019) GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY. 25(11). p.3625-3641
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Temperate forests cover 16% of the global forest area. Within these forests, the understorey is an important biodiversity reservoir that can influence ecosystem processes and functions in multiple ways. However, we still lack a thorough understanding of the relative importance of the understorey for temperate forest functioning. As a result, understoreys are often ignored during assessments of forest functioning and changes thereof under global change. We here compiled studies that quantify the relative importance of the understorey for temperate forest functioning, focussing on litter production, nutrient cycling, evapotranspiration, tree regeneration, pollination and pathogen dynamics. We describe the mechanisms driving understorey functioning and develop a conceptual framework synthesizing possible effects of multiple global change drivers on understorey-mediated forest ecosystem functioning. Our review illustrates that the understorey's contribution to temperate forest functioning is significant but varies depending on the ecosystem function and the environmental context, and more importantly, the characteristics of the overstorey. To predict changes in understorey functioning and its relative importance for temperate forest functioning under global change, we argue that a simultaneous investigation of both overstorey and understorey functional responses to global change will be crucial. Our review shows that such studies are still very scarce, only available for a limited set of ecosystem functions and limited to quantification, providing little data to forecast functional responses to global change.
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ecosystem functioning, evapotranspiration, global change, herbaceous layer, nutrient cycling, productivity, tree regeneration, WHITE-TAILED DEER, NORTHERN HARDWOOD FOREST, SHADE-INTOLERANT TREE, LAND-USE HISTORY, DECIDUOUS-FOREST, SPECIES COMPOSITION, NITROGEN MINERALIZATION, ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES, NUTRIENT LIMITATION, SPATIAL VARIABILITY

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Landuyt, Dries, et al. “The Functional Role of Temperate Forest Understorey Vegetation in a Changing World.” GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, vol. 25, no. 11, 2019, pp. 3625–41.
APA
Landuyt, D., De Lombaerde, E., Perring, M., Hertzog, L., Ampoorter, E., Maes, S., … Verheyen, K. (2019). The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 25(11), 3625–3641.
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Landuyt, Dries, Emiel De Lombaerde, Michael Perring, Lionel Hertzog, Evy Ampoorter, Sybryn Maes, Pieter De Frenne, et al. 2019. “The Functional Role of Temperate Forest Understorey Vegetation in a Changing World.” GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY 25 (11): 3625–41.
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Landuyt, Dries, Emiel De Lombaerde, Michael Perring, Lionel Hertzog, Evy Ampoorter, Sybryn Maes, Pieter De Frenne, Shiyu Ma, Willem Proesmans, Haben Blondeel, Bram Sercu, Bin Wang, Safaa Wasof, and Kris Verheyen. 2019. “The Functional Role of Temperate Forest Understorey Vegetation in a Changing World.” GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY 25 (11): 3625–3641.
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Landuyt D, De Lombaerde E, Perring M, Hertzog L, Ampoorter E, Maes S, et al. The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY. 2019;25(11):3625–41.
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D. Landuyt et al., “The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world,” GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, vol. 25, no. 11, pp. 3625–3641, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Temperate forests cover 16% of the global forest area. Within these forests, the understorey is an important biodiversity reservoir that can influence ecosystem processes and functions in multiple ways. However, we still lack a thorough understanding of the relative importance of the understorey for temperate forest functioning. As a result, understoreys are often ignored during assessments of forest functioning and changes thereof under global change. We here compiled studies that quantify the relative importance of the understorey for temperate forest functioning, focussing on litter production, nutrient cycling, evapotranspiration, tree regeneration, pollination and pathogen dynamics. We describe the mechanisms driving understorey functioning and develop a conceptual framework synthesizing possible effects of multiple global change drivers on understorey-mediated forest ecosystem functioning. Our review illustrates that the understorey's contribution to temperate forest functioning is significant but varies depending on the ecosystem function and the environmental context, and more importantly, the characteristics of the overstorey. To predict changes in understorey functioning and its relative importance for temperate forest functioning under global change, we argue that a simultaneous investigation of both overstorey and understorey functional responses to global change will be crucial. Our review shows that such studies are still very scarce, only available for a limited set of ecosystem functions and limited to quantification, providing little data to forecast functional responses to global change.},
  author       = {Landuyt, Dries and De Lombaerde, Emiel and Perring, Michael and Hertzog, Lionel and Ampoorter, Evy and Maes, Sybryn and De Frenne, Pieter and Ma, Shiyu and Proesmans, Willem and Blondeel, Haben and Sercu, Bram and Wang, Bin and Wasof, Safaa and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {1354-1013},
  journal      = {GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY},
  keywords     = {ecosystem functioning,evapotranspiration,global change,herbaceous layer,nutrient cycling,productivity,tree regeneration,WHITE-TAILED DEER,NORTHERN HARDWOOD FOREST,SHADE-INTOLERANT TREE,LAND-USE HISTORY,DECIDUOUS-FOREST,SPECIES COMPOSITION,NITROGEN MINERALIZATION,ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES,NUTRIENT LIMITATION,SPATIAL VARIABILITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {11},
  pages        = {3625--3641},
  title        = {The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14756},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2019},
}

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