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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.

A closer look on lichens, bryophytes and vascular plants in an alpine environment

A closer look on lichens, bryophytes and vascular plants in an alpine environment

In her PhD, Kristel Van Zuiljen has studied the functional traits of three primary producer groups and identified how they and their traits affect decomposition in an alpine ecosystem. Her results show that their responses to their environment vary in-between species, group types and environmental gradients.

New master's thesis: Moisture is vital to decomposition rates

New master's thesis: Moisture is vital to decomposition rates

A new master's thesis on litter decomposition has been published. 

Field work report from Finse

Field work report from Finse

Åshild and Maria are working on the FuncFinse project, researching lichen diversity and traits. 

New review: The impact of lichens

New review: The impact of lichens

Johan Asplund and David Wardle recently published a review entitled “How lichens impact on terrestrial community and ecosystem properties”. In this paper they review the role of lichens in terrestrial ecosystems and draw attention to the important, but often overlooked role of lichens as determinants of ecological processes.

 

Large project to NMBU for research on tundra ecology

Large project to NMBU for research on tundra ecology

Researcher Johan Asplund has been granted 7 million NOK from Norway's research council for his project on primary producers and their effects on the tundra.