TITLE OF RESEARCH: Study of mixed natural regeneration in older scots pine (Pinus sylvestris, Pinaceae) plantation forests in Flanders sandy regions (Belgium)
start on 01/11/1997_____end on 30/09/2001
Research done at:
Universiteit Gent (RUG)
= Universitť de Gand (RUG)
= Ghent University (RUG)
= Universitšt Gent (RUG)
Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences
Phone: +32-(0)9-252.21.13 ---------- Fax: +32-(0)9-252.54.66
Official language: Dutch
more information on this research:
The Laboratory of Forestry has been monitoring spontaneous natural processes in older Scots pine plantation forests on sandy soils in Flanders for several years now. Forest policy and management aim at converting these homogeneous forest stands intonear-natural, well-structured forests of mainly indigenous broad-leaved species.
Although there is no specific financing at the moment, we are continuing the research. Main scope is analysis of complex stand structures consisting of older retained Scots pine trees and mixed spontaneous regeneration of indigenous species, mainly birch, Scots pine, rowan ash, alder buckthorn, beech, pedunculate oak, and exotic species as black cherry, red American oak and Douglas fir. Processes guiding this spontaneous evolution mainly deal with seed dispersal, soil vegetation, herbivory and above-ground and below-ground competition.
Publications related to this research:
Geudens, G., Lust, N. & Nachtergale, L. (2000) Induced natural regeneration in understory of Scots pine. In: Ceulemans, R. et al. (Eds.) Topics in Ecology. Structure and function in plants and ecosystems. University of Antwerp, p. 9-17.