Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Ecosystem Functioning in tropical forests

In the South American Andes, vast areas of (sub-) tropical forests are nowadays deforested, in which the use of fire is a common tool. Restoration of deforested habitats will recuperate biodiversity and ecosystem service supply. Forest regeneration in burned habitats is slow due to various barriers, in which unfavorable habitat conditions and missing seed sources are the most important. Several of our projects are going to fill gaps in the knowledge of drivers for (sub-) tropical montane forest regeneration, which remain less well studied compared to lowland forest regeneration. Mainly in Bolivia and Argentina, we study various aspects of forest regeneration and of generative recruitment of different mountain tree species (e.g. Clusia spp., Polylepis spp.).