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accepted
Title:
Early positive effects of tree species richness on herbivory in a large-scale forest biodiversity experiment influence tree growth
Created at:
2014-08-20
Updated at:
2017-03-10
Envisaged journal:
Journal of Ecology 103(3) · March 2015; doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12396
Envisaged date:
2015-03-20
Rationale:
Despite the importance of herbivory for the structure and functioning of species-rich forests, little is known about how herbivory is affected by tree species richness, and more specifically by random versus nonrandom species loss. We assessed herbivore damage in the early stage of a large-scale forest biodiversity experiment in subtropical China that features random and nonrandom extinction scenarios of tree mixtures numbering between one and 24 species. We hypothesize that (i) total herbivore damage increases along the gradient of tree species richness of our experimental sites. Moreover, we expect that (ii) these effects differ between the random and nonrandom extinction scenarios due to differences in the distribution of plant traits that may be particularly relevant to herbivores. Effects of tree species richness on herbivory at such an early stage of our experiment would have important implications for our understanding of how herbivores contribute to the processes that drive the assembly and functioning of establishing tree communities in species-rich forests.
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Main Experiment: Herbivore damage in site A in summer 2009

Abstract:
Leaf herbivory has been assessed on the 16 central individuals (8 when it is a monoculture) plots in order to test plant diversity effects and plant identity effects on arthropod herbivory. Differences of herbivory among the different feeding guil...

Id: 411
Users: 2
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 2
Attachments: 1
Created at: 2013-09-28
Updated at: 2016-03-03

Main Experiment: Tree inventory Main experiment Site A 2009

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This data documents the tree growth parameters in 2009 for site A, belonging to the annual inventory taking place for both site A and site B. Individual-tree growth is a function of stand attributes, local neighbors, plant size, plant damage, geno...

Id: 402
Users: 3
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 1
Attachments: 0
Created at: 2013-09-25
Updated at: 2016-03-21

Main Experiment: Tree inventory Main experiment Site A 2010

Abstract:
This data documents the tree growth parameters in 2010 for site A, belonging to the annual inventory taking place for both site A and site B. Individual-tree growth is a function of stand attributes, local neighbors, plant size, plant damage, geno...

Id: 398
Users: 3
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 1
Attachments: 0
Created at: 2013-09-24
Updated at: 2016-03-21

Main Experiment: Tree inventory Main experiment Site B 2010

Abstract:
This data documents the tree growth parameters in 2010 for site B, belonging to the annual inventory taking place for both site A and site B. Individual-tree growth is a function of stand attributes, local neighbors, plant size, plant damage, geno...

Id: 403
Users: 3
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 2
Attachments: 0
Created at: 2013-09-26
Updated at: 2016-03-21

Main Experiment: Site A plots: diversity treatments, coordinates, topography

Abstract:
All plots from site A in the main experiment, their plot names, treatment information, planned richness in trees and shrubs, longitude and latitude and topographic information.

Id: 71
Users: 5
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 1
Attachments: 1
Created at: 2011-06-16
Updated at: 2017-08-10

Main Experiment: Site B plots: diversity treatments, coordinates, topography

Abstract:
All plots from site B in the main experiment, their plot names, treatment information, planned richness in trees and shrubs, longitude and latitude and topographic information.

Id: 46
Users: 5
Projects: 1
Datafiles: 1
Attachments: 1
Created at: 2011-05-31
Updated at: 2017-08-10
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