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TreeDivNet
TreeDivNet is an international platform for research on the relation between tree species diversity and ecosystem functioning. The network groups several research projects in different parts of the world and forms the largest project on ecosystem research worldwide. In total, over 775 000 trees were planted in the 17 research projects on a total surface of more than 800 ha. For information on the different research projects, see Experimental Sites.



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History
Forest management has been evolving for centuries. During the industrial revolution, forest management aimed at growing simple, highly productive monocultures. In the last decennia, however, sustainable management and mixed stands entered the (political) agenda. Several questions arose: Are mixed forests more productive than monocultures? Do mixed forests have a better regulation of energy, water and material fluxes? Are mixed forests more resistant to disturbances and pest outbreaks? Do mixed forests allow a higher biodiversity of associated species?
To answer these questions, forest ecologists have established research projects all over the globe. Experimental sites have been planted with forest communities differing in tree species diversity in order to investigate the relation between tree species diversity and ecosystem functioning. TreeDivNet groups these research projects on tree species diversity as cooperation will make the research and related communication more powerful. The outcomes will be relevant for the future forest management worldwide.

One of the older sites of TreeDivNet: the Sardinilla site in Panama (2005)