PhD student: Christoph Rothenwöhrer (2008-2011)
- The Biodiversity Exploratories are part of the international long-term ecological research (iLTER) network. In Germany, there are several such long-term ecological research projects. Within the framework of the Biodiversity Exploratories, we study ecosystem processes such as herbivory and pollination in selected grassland and woodland sites along land-use gradients.
Most importantly, we manipulated local-scale management by setting up electric fences to exclude grazing farm animals. We employed mowing treatments, and added phytometers crossed with complex predator exclusion treatments.
Most recent publications:
Inter-annual variation in land-use intensity enhances grassland multidiversity
by Allan E et al. & Scherber C et al. (2013)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (in press)
Grassland management for stem-boring insects: Abandoning small patches is better than reducing overall intensity
by Rothenwöhrer C, Scherber C, Tscharntke T (2013)
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 167:38–42
by Blüthgen N, Dormann CF, Prati D, Klaus VH, Kleinebecker T, Hölzel N, Alt F, Boch S, Gockel S, Hemp A, Müller J, Nieschulze J, Renner SC, Schöning I, Schumacher U, Socher SA, Wells K, Birkhofer K, Buscot F, Oelmann Y, Rothenwöhrer C, Scherber C, Tscharntke T, Weiner CN, Fischer M, Kalko EKV; Linsenmair KE, Schulze ED, Weisser WW (2012)
Basic and Applied Ecology (published online 10 May 2012).
General information about the Biodiversity Exploratories can be found here.
Project partners: Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Cathrin Westphal, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Jochen Krauss.
Associated PhD student: Juliane Steckel (Bayreuth)