Project

Testing the contribution of plant-soil biotic interactions to the homogenization of forest understorey plant communities

Duration
01 October 2011 → 01 October 2012
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Plant biology
Keywords
beta diversity conservation biology forest understorey community ecology
 
Project description

The study of biotic homogenization has become a central topic in ecological research. For forest understorey communities, changes in abiotic conditions or disturbances are cited to cause the homogenization, but plant-soil interactions at the much smaller scale are expected to be important as well. Therefore, we will asses the role of plant-soil feedbacks in the homogenization dynamics of forest understorey communties.