As a person that has studied biodiversity for at least 18 years, I am well aware of its complexity. I know about the high number of existing taxonomic groups, the wealth of species within each of them, the wide possibilities for changing and overlapping names, of wrong identifications; I know the data management pitfalls, and the difficulty of detecting a biodiversity response in observational biodiversity studies.
The Experiment Working Group of the Action brought its first deliverable to the table. We set up a network of European forestry experiments that investigate the effects of various forestry treatments on multi-taxon biodiversity.
The first deliverable of our Action is out!
It marks the birth of a platform for European forest biodiversity. The platform currently stores more than 2,800 plots. It gathers the efforts of more than 130 researchers from 12 countries in Europe.
Epiphytic lichen diversity and sustainable forest management: fostering the link between multi-taxon diversity and forest multifunctionality
The lichenologist Trevor Goward, with an intriguing definition, describes lichens as fungi that have discovered agriculture. They are a complex life form that is a symbiotic partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga (or cyanobacterium – or both). The result of such alchemy is a bizarre organism that can display a larger diversity in morphology, physiology, and biochemistry than other many organisms. Symbiosis in lichens is so well-balanced that lichens have been considered to be self-contained miniature ecosystems (Honegger 1991).