peer-reviewed publications


Pedro, M.S., Rammer, W., Seidel, R. (2014) Tree species diversity mitigates disturbance impacts on the forest carbon cycle, Oecologia; doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3150-0. abstract

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

Domisch, T., Finér, L., Dawud, S.M., Vesterdal, L., Raulund-Rasmussen, K. (2014) Does species richness affect fine root biomass and production in young forest plantations? Oecologia, doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-3107-3. abstract

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 (12), 1560-1569. abstract

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 (41), 14812-14815. abstract

Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Avacaritei, D., Danila, 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. abstract

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. abstract

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. abstract

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.


Baeten L et al 2013 “A novel comparative research platform designed to determine the functional significance of tree species diversity in European forests.” in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution;

Benavides R et al 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.” in PLoS ONE, 8.

Castagneyrol B et al. 2013 “Effects of plant phylogenetic diversity on herbivory
depend on herbivore specialization
” in Journal of Applied Ecology; doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12175

Castagneyrol B et al. 2013 “Plant apparency, an overlooked driver of associational
resistance to insect herbivory
” in Journal of Ecology; doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12055  abstract

Grossiord C et al. 2013 “The influence of tree species mixture on ecosystem-level carbon accumulation and water use in a mixed boreal plantation” in Forest Ecology and Management;

Grossiord C et al. 2013 “Application of Loreau & Hector’s (2001) partitioning method to complex functional traits.” in Methods in Ecology & Evolution, 4:954-960; doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12090

Grossiord C et al. 2013. “Does Drought Influence the Relationship between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Boreal Forests?” in Ecosystems. doi:10.1007/s10021-013-9729-1    -abstract-

Hantsch L et al. 2013 “Species richness and species identity effects on occurrence of foliar fungal pathogens in a tree diversity experiment” in Ecosphere;

Milligan H & Koricheva J 2013 “Effects of tree species richness and composition on moose winter browsing damage and foraging selectivity: an experimental study” in Journal of Animal Ecology; doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12049 abstract

Pollastrini M 2013 “Interactions and competition processes among tree species in
young experimental mixed forests, assessed with chlorophyll fluorescence and leaf morphology” in Plant Biology; doi: 10.1111/plb.12068 abstract

Ruiz-Benito P 2013 “Diversity increases carbon storage and tree productivity in Spanish forests” in Global Ecology and Biogeography; doi: 10.1111/geb.12126 abstract


Bussotti F et al. 2012 “The Italian forest sites of FunDivEUROPE: a new FP7 project on the functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe” in Forest@ © – Journal of Silviculture and Forest Ecology


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

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