Temperate lowland woodlands in transition: How succession, climate change, exotic organisms, and management affect different trophic levels?
|Temperate lowland woodlands in transition: How succession, climate change, exotic organisms, and management affect different trophic levels?
Lanta Vojtěch (co-researcher)
Doležal Jiří (member in research team)
Altman Jan (member in research team)
Chlumská Zuzana (member in research team)
|While cover of forests is steadily increasing in Europe, their biological diversity has declined. Increased canopy closure, eutrophication and invasions by exotic species, together with increasingly unified forest management aimed at maximising timber production are the dominant processes affecting forests especially in the lower altitudes of the continent. Recently, climate change and globalisation added diebacks caused by extreme climatic events and increased circulation of exotic pathogens. It is thus possible that forest cover in Europe culminated during the last decade and we are about to witness its decline. It is thus critical to study and understand ecological background of the approaching changes of forests and their biota.