Plant ecology

Plant ecology

Plant ecology deals with the relationships of plants to each other and with their environment. Examples of important silvicultural aspects are flowering times or parasitism.

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Mycorrhiza – a fascinating symbiosis in the forest

Everyone knows about the mushrooms in the forest, but to most people it is unknown as to why the mushrooms grow mostly in the forest and which functions they have. A WSL fact sheet gives insight into the fascinating community of the mycorrhizae.

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Tree rings – a phenological calendar of the past?

Long term phenological observations as well as tree ring time series provide information about past climatic conditions. Unfortunately data gaps in phenological observations cannot be reconstructed or can they?

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Where trees can no longer grow: the alpine timberline

The growth of trees at high altitudes is not restricted by extreme frosts, but mainly by low temperatures during the vegetation period. The actual climatic warming could therefore lead to an altitudinal rise in the timberline.

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