Overview of subprojects

A1 Effects of nutrient manipulation (NUMEX) on nutrient use and carbon allocation of Andean forests: Stand level response and the performance of single tree species

A2 Root and mycorrhizal responses to nutrient additions in a tropical mountain forest and in pastures after forest conversion

A3 The soil fauna of a tropical montane rain forest: regulatory forces and functioning in the decomposer system

A4 Herbivore communities in the Andean mountain forest zone – comparisons within selected plant species along contrasting environmental dimensions

A5 Limitations to the growth of epiphytes and the productivity of associated methanogens in neotropical moist forests

A6 Response of element cycles in a tropical mountain rain forest to environmental and land-use change

A7 Changes in soil internal N cycle and trace gas fluxes under elevated nutrient input

B1 The biology of southern bracken in the anthropogenic ecosystem in the San Francisco valley of South Ecuador

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erwin Beck (PI)
    Erwin Beck
    Universitätsstr. 30
    Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geoscience
    University of Bayreuth
    95440 Bayreuth
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

B2 Impact of land use, natural disturbances and climate change on vascular plant diversity

B3 Interactions of organic matter and microbial dynamics in pasture soils along management chronosequences

B4 The role of arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) in the establishment of rainforest tree seedlings, and the application of AM fungi for reforestation approaches

C1 Exploration and consolidation of silvicultural knowledge for sustainable management of forest sites in the South Ecuadorian Andes

C2 Arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in different stages of succession after loss of pristine forest

C3 Market inclusion of ecosystem services: A viable option to achieve sustainable land use in the tropics?

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Knoke (PI)
    Thomas Knoke
    Center of Life and Food Science Weihenstephan
    Institute of Forest Management
    Technische Universität München
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
    85354 Freising

C4 Human ecological parameters and their relevance in preserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods in the Biosphere Reserve Podocarpus – El Cóndor

D1 Analysis and synthesis of palaeoecological data revealing patterns of mountain vegetation and plant diversity dynamics and its response to climate, fire, land use changes in biodiversity hotspots through space and time

D2 Tree growth and wood anatomy along elevational and nutritional gradients in tropical forests in southern Ecuador

D3 Impacts of environmental change on climate and ecosystem in southern Ecuador

D4 Catchment scale hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and aquatic diversity under global change

D5 Functional soil landscape modelling in the Andean mountain forest zone: impact of land use and natural disturbances

D7 Forest dynamics, landslide dynamics, and their interactions – a process-based landscape modelling approach for a mountain rain forest in South Ecuador

T1 Knowledge Transfer in South Ecuador: Facilitation of biodiversity in montane ecosystems by large-scale conversion of monocultures into mixed forests

T2 Knowledge Transfer in South Ecuador: RADARNET SUR - Operational rainfall monitoring in southern Ecuador

  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

Z1 Data Warehouse

Z2 Administration and Coordination


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