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definition and research perspectives

Bravo-Oviedo, Andres and Löf, Magnus and Skovsgaard, Jens Peter and Zlatanov, Tzvetan (2014). European Mixed Forests. Forests Systems. 23 :3 , 518-533
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5424/fs/2014233-06256


We aim at (i) developing a reference definition of mixed forests in order to harmonize comparative research in mixed forests and (ii) briefly review the research perspectives in mixed forests. Area of study: The definition is developed in Europe but can be tested worldwide. Material and methods: Review of existent definitions of mixed forests based and literature review encompassing dynamics, management and economic valuation of mixed forests. Main results: A mixed forest is defined as a forest unit, excluding linear formations, where at least two tree species coexist at any developmental stage, sharing common resources (light, water, and/or soil nutrients). The presence of each of the component species is normally quantified as a proportion of the number of stems or of basal area, although volume, biomass or canopy cover as well as proportions by occupied stand area may be used for specific objectives. A variety of structures and patterns of mixtures can occur, and the interactions between the component species and their relative proportions may change over time. The research perspectives identified are (i) species interactions and responses to hazards, (ii) the concept of maximum density in mixed forests, (iii) conversion of monocultures to mixed-species forest and (iv) economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by mixed forests. Research highlights: The definition is considered a high-level one which encompasses previous attempts to define mixed forests. Current fields of research indicate that gradient studies, experimental design approaches, and model simulations are key topics providing new research opportunities.

Authors/Creators:Bravo-Oviedo, Andres and Löf, Magnus and Skovsgaard, Jens Peter and Zlatanov, Tzvetan
Title:European Mixed Forests
Subtitle:definition and research perspectives
Series Name/Journal:Forests Systems
Year of publishing :2014
Page range:518-533
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:mixed forests
Keywords:COST Action, EuMIXFOR, mixed-species forests, admixtures of species
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Web of Science (WoS)000345822900014
ID Code:12112
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
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Deposited On:05 May 2015 07:56
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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