Peeking at ecosystem stability: making use of a natural disturbance experiment to analyze resistance and resilience.

To determine which factors contribute most to the stability of species composition in a beech forest after profound disturbance, we made use of a natural experiment caused by a severe windthrow that occurred at a permanent monitoring site in an old beech forest in Lower Saxony (Germany). The floristic composition was recorded for the succeeding five years… CONTINUE READING