Changes in land use and its intensity are major determinants of biodiversity. The Biodiversity Exploratories funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG Priority Program 1374) comprise three exemplary large-scale and long-term research grassland and forest sites across Germany, which serve as open platforms for an interdisciplinary research consortium combing monitoring and experiments. The Exploratories allow research in real landscapes on feedback loops between landscape change, diversity of genes, species and biological interactions, and ecosystem services.
(Functional Significance of Forest Biodiversity in Europe)
FunDivEUROPE is a collaborative project within the European Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The overall scientific goal of FunDivEUROPE is to quantify the effects of forest biodiversity on ecosystem functions and services in major European forest types. A major aim is to understand and quantify how tree species diversity can be used to foster the provision of ecosystem services such as timber production, carbon sequestration and freshwater. To achieve this, scientists will combine field data sampled on the European sites of the global network of tree diversity experiments −
TERENO (TERrestrial ENviromental Observatories)
TERENO is a network hosting four observatories for an integrated environmental monitoring of German regions with high vulnerability with respect to climate change – extending from the North-East Lowlands to the Bavarian Alps. The observation platform is used to study and explore long-term ecological and social trends triggered by global change at a regional level. The UFZ operates the
MyDiv – Mycorrhizae in tree Diversity effects on ecosystem functioning and trophic interactions
MyDiv was established in 2015 as a tree diversity experiment in the form of an open experimental platform. It is located at the