Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services

Felipe-Lucia, Maria R.; Soliveres, Santiago; Penone, Caterina; Manning, Peter; van der Plas, Fons; Boch, Steffen; Prati, Daniel; Ammer, Christian; Schall, Peter; Gossner, Martin M.; Bauhus, Jürgen; Buscot, Francois; Blaser, Stefan; Blüthgen, Nico; de Frutos, Angel; Ehbrecht, Martin; Frank, Kevin; Goldmann, Kezia; Hänsel, Falk; Jung, Kirsten; ... (2018). Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services. Nature communications, 9(1) Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4

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Trade-offs and synergies in the supply of forest ecosystem services are common but the drivers of these relationships are poorly understood. To guide management that seeks to promote multiple services, we investigated the relationships between 12 stand-level forest attributes, including structure, composition, heterogeneity and plant diversity, plus 4 environmental factors, and proxies for 14 ecosystem services in 150 temperate forest plots. Our results show that forest attributes are the best predictors of most ecosystem services and are also good predictors of several synergies and trade-offs between services. Environmental factors also play an important role, mostly in combination with forest attributes. Our study suggests that managing forests to increase structural heterogeneity, maintain large trees, and canopy gaps would promote the supply of multiple ecosystem services. These results highlight the potential for forest management to encourage multifunctional forests and suggest that a coordinated landscape-scale strategy could help to mitigate trade-offs in human-dominated landscapes.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Biodiversity

UniBE Contributor:

Felipe Lucia, Maria del Rosario; Soliveres, Santiago; Penone, Caterina; Manning, Peter; van der Plas, Alfons Leendert Derk; Boch, Steffen; Prati, Daniel; Blaser, Stefan; de Frutos, Angel; Fischer, Markus and Allan, Eric

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

2041-1723

Publisher:

Nature Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

27 Nov 2018 16:00

Last Modified:

02 Dec 2018 02:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41467-018-07082-4

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

ecosystem ecology; ecosystem services; forest ecology; forestry

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121684

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121684

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