04 Dec '17, 2pm

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

Autumnal mixed forest in Germany. Christian Hueller Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change? By Tim Radford German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate , store more carbon, and are more resistant to pests and diseases, according to a six-nation study of European woodlands. But this safety-in-species-numbers approach may not offer quite the protection against climate change and its consequences that such a finding should predict. A second study by European researchers suggests that when conditions become extremely wet, or extremely dry, diversity may not confer automatic resilience . The message is that healthy, diverse, natural f...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/mixed-forests-climate-2514766825...

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