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Plant Plant Interaction, Biodiversity and Bioproduction

Vicky Temperton, Ph.D.

Plant Plant interactionPlant species can positively influence the survival and fitness of neighbours of another species via the "nurse plant interaction".
Source: Forschungszentrum Jülich

Grasslands form some of the most diverse ecosystems in Europe and are a key component of our landscapes. Both positive and negative interactions between different plant species can affect productivity and nutrient cycling in grasslands, and hence how the ecosystem as such functions. We focus on testing ecological theory and applying knowledge gained from grassland experiments to degraded systems, especially marginal land in need to restoration.

We aim to achieve the following two objectives: a) to apply ecological and physiological knowledge to improve restoration success in degraded lands, b) to provide guidelines for sustainable production of biomass in conjunction with successful diversity management in these now threatened ecosystems to ensure both conservation and concomitant sustainable use of nature. We use a variety of methods including stable isotopes (both natural abundance and labeled) and combine traditional ecological methods with high-tech field screening techniques for field phenotyping using sensors.

Ecosystem Dynamics -- Plant-Plant Interactions and Biodiversity Group