peer-reviewed publications

Ampoorter, E., Baeten, L., Vanhellemont, M., Bruelheide, H., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Baasch, A., Erfmeier, A., Hock, M., Verheyen, K. (2015) Disentangling tree species identity and richness effects on the herb layer: first results from a German tree diversity experiment. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12281

Grossiord, C., Forner, A., Gessler, A., Granier, A.,  Pollastrini, M., Valladares, F., Bonal, D. (2015) Influence of species interactions on transpiration of Mediterranean tree species during a summer drought. European Journal of Forest Research 134: 365-376. doi: 10.1007/s10342-014-0857-8

Pedro, M.S., Rammer, W., Seidel, R. (2015) Tree species diversity mitigates disturbance impacts on the forest carbon cycle, Oecologia, 177, 619-630. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3150-0

Domisch, T., Finér, L., Dawud, S.M., Vesterdal, L., Raulund-Rasmussen, K. (2015) Does species richness affect fine root biomass and production in young forest plantations? Oecologia 177, 581-594. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3107-3

Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Avacaritei, D., Coomes, D.A. (2014) Stabilizing effects of diversity on aboveground wood production in forest ecosystems: linking patterns and processes. Ecology Letters 17, 1560-1569. doi: 10.1111/ele.12382

Grossiord C., Gessler A., Granier A., Berger S., Bréchet C., Hentschel R., Hommel R., Scherer-Lorenzen M. & Bonal D. (2014). Impact of interspecific interactions on the soil water uptake depth in a young temperate mixed species plantation. Journal of Hydrology, 519, 3511-3519. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.11.011

Hantsch, L., Bien, S., Radatz, S., Braun, U., Auge, H., Bruelheide, H. (2014) Tree diversity and the role of non-host neighbour tree species in reducing fungal pathogen infestation. Journal of Ecology 102, 1673-1687. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12317

Grossiord, C., Granier, A., Ratcliffe, S., Bouriaud, O., Bruelheide, H.,  Checko, E., Forrester, D.I., Dawud, S.M., Finér, L., Pollastrini, M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Valladares, F., Bonal, D., Gessler, A. (2014) Tree diversity does not always improve resistance of
forest ecosystems to drought. PNAS 111, 14812-14815. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1411970111

Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Avacaritei, D., Dănilă, I., Duduman, G., Valladares, F.,  Coomes, D.A. (2014) Competition for light and water play contrasting roles in driving diversity – productivity relationships in Iberian forests. Journal of Ecology 102 (5), 1202-1213. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12276

Hantsch, L., Braun, U., Haase, J., Purschke, O.,  Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Bruelheide, H. (2014) No plant functional diversity effects on foliar fungal pathogens in experimental tree communities. Fungal diversity 66 (1), 139-151. doi: 10.1007/s13225-013-0273-2

Ampoorter, E., Baeten, L., Koricheva, J., Vanhellemont, M., Verheyen, K. (2014) Do diverse overstoreys induce diverse understoreys? Lessons learnt from an experimental-observational platform in Finland. Forest Ecology and Management 318, 206-215.
doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.01.030

Grossiord, C., Granier, A., Gessler, A., Jucker, T., Bonal, D. (2014) Does Drought Influence the Relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Boreal Forests? Ecosystems 17, 394-404. doi: 10.1007/s10021-013-9729-1

Pollastrini, M., Holland, V., Brüggemann, W., Koricheva, J., Jussila, I., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Berger, S., Bussotti F. (2014) Interactions and competition processes among tree species in young experimental mixed forests, assessed with chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf morphology. Plant Biology 16, 321-331. doi: 10.1111/plb.12068

Ruiz-Benito, P., Gómez-Aparicio, L., Paquette, A., Messier, C., Kattge, J., Zavala, M.A., (2014) Diversity increases carbon storage and tree productivity in Spanish forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23, 311-322. doi: 10.1111/geb.12126

Castagneyrol, B., Jactel, H., Vacher, C., Brockerhoff, E.G., Koricheva, J. (2014) Effects of plant phylogenetic diversity on herbivory depend on herbivore specialization. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 134-141. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12175

Grossiord , C., Granier , A., Gessler, A., Scherer-Lorenzen , M., Pollastrini, M., Bonal, D. (2013) Application of Loreau & Hector’s (2001) partitioning method to complex functional traits. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 4, 954-960. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12090

Baeten, L., Verheyen, K., Wirth, C., Bruelheide, H. Buscotti, F., Finér, L., Jaroszewicz, B., Selvi, F., Valladares, F., Allan, E., Ampoorter, E., Auge, H., Avăcăriei, D., Barbaro, L., Bărnoaiea, I., Bastias, C.C., Bauhus, J., Beinhoff, C., Benavides, R., Benneter, A., Berger, S., Berthold, F., Bonal D., Brüggemann, W., Carnol. M., Castagneyrol, B., Charbonnier, Y., Chećko, E., Coomes, D. (2013) A novel comparative research platform designed to determine the functional significance of tree species diversity in European forests. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution 15, 281-291. doi: 10.1016/j.ppees.2013.07.002

Hantsch, L. Braun, U., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Bruelheide, H.  (2013) Species richness and species identity effects on occurrence of foliar fungal pathogens in a tree diversity experiment. Ecosphere 4, art81. doi: 10.1890/ES13-00103.1

Milligan, H.T., Koricheva, J. (2013) Effects of tree species richness and composition on moose winter browsing damage and foraging selectivity: an experimental study. Journal of Animal Ecology 82, 739-748. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12049

Grossiord, C., Granier, A., Gessler, A., Pollastrini, M., Bonal, D. (2013) The influence of tree species mixture on ecosystem-level carbon accumulation and water use in a mixed boreal plantation. Forest Ecology and Management 298, 82-92.

Benavides , R.,  Rabasa, S.G., Granda, E., Escudero, A., José A. Hódar, J.A., Martínez-Vilalta, J., Rincón, A.M., Zamora, R.,Valladares, F.(2013) Direct and indirect effects of climate on demography and early growth of Pinus sylvestris at the rear edge: Changing Roles of biotic and abiotic Factors. PloS ONE 8, e59824. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059824

Castagneyrol, B., Giffard, B., Péré, C., Jactel, H. (2013) Plant apparency, an overlooked driver of associational resistance to insect herbivory. Journal of Ecology 101, 418-429. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12055

Bussotti F., Coppi A., Pollastrini M., Feducci M., Baeten L., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Verheyen K., Selvi F. (2012) Le aree forestali italiane di FunDivEUROPE: un nuovo progetto FP7 sul significato funzionale della biodiversità forestale. Forest@ 9, 251-259. doi: 10.3832/efor0704-009


Valladares F et al 2014 “Global change and Mediterranean forests: current impacts and potential responses.” In: Forests and Global Change (eds. Coomes DA, Burslem DFRP & Simonson. WD). Cambridge University Press Cambridge, pp. 47-75.

Scherer-Lorenzen M 2014 “The functional role of biodiversity in the context of global change.” In: Forests and Global Change (eds. Coomes DA, Burslem DFRP & Simonson. WD). Cambridge University Press Cambridge, pp. 195-238.


Febuary 2012: “Redefining our understanding of forest biodiversity“                    in International Innovation



“More soil biological activity in mixed forests? Preliminary results from FunDivEUROPE’s experimental platform” – poster

presented at: EuroSoil, 4th International Congress, Soil Science for the Benefit of Mankind and Environment, 2-6 July 2012

“Forest biodiversity effects on ecosystem functions in Europe: The FunDivEUROPE project at the Italian sampling sites” – abstractposter

presented at: National Congress of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forestry Ecology, October 4-7, 2011

“Is understorey vegetation diversity associated with tree species diversity in European forests ? The FunDiv Europe project protocol and its application to the Italian sampling sites”    – abstractposter

presented at: National Congress of the Botanic Italian Society, September 21-23, 2011


Press releases

in Spanish:

February 2014

20.02.2014 “¿Para qué sirve la diversidad?”

in German:

July 2012

- “Biodiversitätsforschung ganz oben: Fragen an die Blätter in den Baumkronen”

December 2011

- 21.12.2012”Bedeutung der Biodiversität im Wald

Originalartikel: Scherer-Lorenzen Michael (2011): Bedeutung der Biodiversität im Wald. Drei Jahrzehnte Naturnaher Waldbau in Baden-Württemberg. AFZ-DerWald, 65. Jahrg., 21, 28-29.

- in “uni´wissen” – Science Magazine of the University of Freiburg: Vielfalt statt Einfalt