Space sequestration below ground in old-growth spruce-beech forests—signs for facilitation?

  title={Space sequestration below ground in old-growth spruce-beech forests—signs for facilitation?},
  author={Andreas Bolte and Friederike Kampf and Lutz Hilbrig},
  booktitle={Front. Plant Sci.},
Scientists are currently debating the effects of mixing tree species for the complementary resource acquisition in forest ecosystems. In four unmanaged old-growth spruce-beech forests in strict nature reserves in southern Sweden and northern Germany we assessed forest structure and fine rooting profiles and traits (≤2 mm) by fine root sampling and the analysis of fine root morphology and biomass. These studies were conducted in selected tree groups with four different interspecific competition… CONTINUE READING
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