FuncFinse

FuncFinse

Kartlav, Finse
Functional traits across primary producer groups and their effects on tundra ecosystem processes.

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Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

In harsh mountain conditions, what drivers affect alpine plant communities? And how do their traits change across a gradient? In this insight, Ruben E. Roos & Kristel van Zuijlen discuss their recent paper, Contrasting drivers of community‐level trait variation for vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes across an elevational gradient.

How plants, lichen and moss communities change their looks with elevation

How plants, lichen and moss communities change their looks with elevation

A new paper from the project highlights that trait variation of  largely neglected but ecologically important producer groups, such as lichens and bryophytes, may show very different responses to the same environmental factors.

A closer look at the link between primary producers and micro-arthropods in an alpine environment

A closer look at the link between primary producers and micro-arthropods in an alpine environment

In his PhD, Ruben Roos has studied the ecology of vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and micro-arthropods in alpine ecosystems and identified how it affects species turnover in an alpine ecosystem. His results illuminate how important intraspecific variation is as a driver of community-level traits in different primary producers.

About the project

FuncFinse is a four-year project on primary producers and their effect on the tundra. In this project researcher Johan Asplund and his colleagues will examine how traits of vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes impact on species-driven ecosystem processes such as decomposition and food-webs and thus carbon and nutrient fluxes.

Time frame: 
2016-04-01 – 2020-03-31

Funding: 
«Unge forskertalenter» (FRIMEDBIO), Norwegian Research Council

Contact information

Leader of the project:
Johan Asplund