European Mixed Forests: definition and research perspectives
PBN-AR
Instytucja
Wydział Nauk Ekonomicznych (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
Informacje podstawowe
Główny język publikacji
en
Czasopismo
Forest Systems
ISSN
2171-5068
EISSN
Wydawca
INST NACIONAL INVESTIGACION TECHNOLOGIA AGRARIA ALIMENTARIA
DOI
URL
Rok publikacji
2014
Numer zeszytu
3
Strony od-do
518-533
Numer tomu
23
Identyfikator DOI
Liczba arkuszy
Autorzy
(liczba autorów: 8)
Pozostali autorzy
+ 7
Słowa kluczowe
en
COST Action
EuMIXFOR
mixed-species forests
admixtures of species
Streszczenia
Język
en
Treść
Aim of study: We aim at (i) developing a reference definition of mixed forests in order to harmonize comparative research in mixed forests and (ii) review the research perspectives in mixed forests. Area of study: The definition is developed in Europe but can be tested worldwide. Material and Methods: Review of existent definitions of mixed forests based and literature review encompassing dynamics, management and economic valuation of mixed forests. Main results: A mixed forest is defined as a forest unit, excluding linear formations, where at least two tree species coexist at any developmental stage, sharing common resources (light, water, and/or soil nutrients). The presence of each of the component species is normally quantified as a proportion of the number of stems or of basal area, although volume, biomass or canopy cover as well as proportions by occupied stand area may be used for specific objectives. A variety of structures and patterns of mixtures can occur, and the interactions between the component species and their relative proportions may change over time. The research perspectives identified are (i) species interactions and responses to hazards, (ii) the concept of maximum density in mixed forests, (iii) conversion of monocultures to mixed-species forest and (iv) economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by mixed forests. Research highlights: The definition is considered a high-level one which encompasses previous attempts to define mixed forests. Current fields of research indicate that gradient studies, experimental design approaches, and model simulations are key topics providing new research opportunities.
Cechy publikacji
ORIGINAL_ARTICLE
Inne
System-identifier
554320