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    Tree diversity patterns along the latitudinal gradient in the northwestern Russia

    One of the key forest characteristics is the biodiversity, particularly the diversity of trees which are forest ecosystem engineers. Nowadays the most worldwide common approach for assessment of forest conditi...

    Elena Tikhonova, Gleb Tikhonov, Nikolay Shevchenko, Svetlana Knyazeva, Alexandra Plotnikova, Natalia Lukina and Maxim Shashkov

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:27

    Published on: 15 December 2017

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    The relative roles of local climate adaptation and phylogeny in determining leaf-out timing of temperate tree species

    Leaf out times of temperate forest trees are a prominent determinant of global carbon dynamics throughout the year. Abiotic cues of leaf emergence are well studied but investigation of the relative roles of sh...

    Elsa Desnoues, Julie Ferreira de Carvalho, Constantin M. Zohner and Thomas W. Crowther

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:26

    Published on: 12 December 2017

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    Detecting the fingerprint of drought across Europe’s forests: do carbon isotope ratios and stem growth rates tell similar stories?

    Understanding how trees respond to drought is critical to forecasting both short and long-term impacts of climate change on forests. The isotopic ratio of 13C to 12C stored in wood – referred to as δ13C – is wide...

    Tommaso Jucker, Charlotte Grossiord, Damien Bonal, Olivier Bouriaud, Arthur Gessler and David A. Coomes

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:24

    Published on: 5 December 2017

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    Climate-growth relationships and pointer year analysis of a Siberian larch (Larix sibirica Ledeb.) chronology from the Mongolian mountain forest steppe compared to white birch (Betula platyphylla Sukaczev)

    Forest area, stand quality and growth of Siberian larch in Mongolia have decreased significantly over recent decades. This forest decline is frequently attributed to factors such as unregulated logging, increa...

    Alexander Gradel, Batsaikhan Ganbaatar, Ochirragchaa Nadaldorj, Batdorj Dovdondemberel and Antonin Kusbach

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:22

    Published on: 14 November 2017

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    Effects of long-term deforestation and remnant forests on rainfall and temperature in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

    Some evidence suggests that forests attract rain and that deforestation contributes to changes in rainfall and temperature. The evidence, however, is scant, particularly on smaller spatial scales. The specific...

    Alemayehu Muluneh, Emiel van Loon, Woldeamlak Bewket, Saskia Keesstra, Leo Stroosnijder and Ashenafi Burka

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:23

    Published on: 6 November 2017

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    Demographic trends and climate over 35 years in the Barro Colorado 50 ha plot

    The first three censuses of the 50-ha plot at Barro Colorado Island spanned an unusually harsh dry season during the 1983 El Niño. By the early 1990s, we had documented increases in tree mortality, tree growth...

    Richard Condit, Rolando Pérez, Suzanne Lao, Salomón Aguilar and Stephen P. Hubbell

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:17

    Published on: 20 September 2017

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    An imputation/copula-based stochastic individual tree growth model for mixed species Acadian forests: a case study using the Nova Scotia permanent sample plot network

    A novel approach to modelling individual tree growth dynamics is proposed. The approach combines multiple imputation and copula sampling to produce a stochastic individual tree growth and yield projection system.

    John A. Kershaw Jr, Aaron R. Weiskittel, Michael B. Lavigne and Elizabeth McGarrigle

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:15

    Published on: 14 September 2017

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    Dead standing pine trees in a boreal forest landscape in the Kalevala National Park, northern Fennoscandia: amount, population characteristics and spatial pattern

    After their death, Scots pine trees can remain standing for decades and sometimes up to 200 years, forming long-lasting and ecologically important structures in boreal forest landscapes. Standing dead pines de...

    Timo Kuuluvainen, Tuomas Aakala and Gergely Várkonyi

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:12

    Published on: 18 July 2017

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    Small mammal community response to early meadow–forest succession

    With farmland afforestation becoming common policy in many European Union countries, we studied how early forest succession (from meadow to young stand) influences small mammal species composition, diversity, ...

    Linas Balčiauskas, Aušra Čepukienė and Laima Balčiauskienė

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:11

    Published on: 12 July 2017

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    Tapping the tree-ring archive for studying effects of resin extraction on the growth and climate sensitivity of Scots pine

    In the German Democratic Republic (GDR), resin tapping in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forests was a major economic activity, and resin-tapped stands are frequently found up until this day. In this study, we ...

    Ernst van der Maaten, Annemarie Mehl, Martin Wilmking and Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:7

    Published on: 9 June 2017

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    Conspecific negative density dependence in American beech

    One of the most important drivers of forest biodiversity is conspecific negative density dependence (CNDD), a reduction in performance when conspecific densities are high. While the majority of CNDD research h...

    Benjamin S. Ramage and Isabel J. Mangana

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:8

    Published on: 3 June 2017

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    The influence of canopy-layer composition on understory plant diversity in southern temperate forests

    Understory plants represents the largest component of biodiversity in most forest ecosystems and plays a key role in forest functioning. Despite their importance, the influence of overstory-layer composition o...

    Luciana Mestre, Mónica Toro-Manríquez, Rosina Soler, Alejandro Huertas-Herrera, Guillermo Martínez-Pastur and María Vanessa Lencinas

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:6

    Published on: 17 May 2017

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    Estimating the carbon fluxes of forests with an individual-based forest model

    Capturing the response of forest ecosystems to inter-annual climate variability is a great challenge. In this study, we tested the capability of an individual-based forest gap model to display carbon fluxes at...

    Edna Rödig, Andreas Huth, Friedrich Bohn, Corinna Rebmann and Matthias Cuntz

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:4

    Published on: 27 April 2017

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    Optimal nitrogen fertilization of boreal conifer forest

    Forest fertilization offers a means to increase the production of renewable resources. Nitrogen is the most common fertilizer in boreal upland forests. There is plenty of research on the effect of nitrogen fer...

    Timo Pukkala

    Forest Ecosystems 2017 4:3

    Published on: 21 March 2017

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