Research topics

Growth and Productivity

What are the mixture effects on productivity, resistance, and resilience of the stands?   Seasonal radial growth is studied on a stratified selection of 216 trees, belonging to the open modalities (without fences), and to the dynamic and conservative densities scenario modalities. In addition, two of the three control plots were recently equipped with dendrometers …

Resources use

Pros and Cons of Silvicultural Scenarios relative to Water and Nutrient Resources   Forest nutrient cycle and water balance are investigated in most plots. Forest stand water balance is computed in all unfenced plots by measuring soil water content as a result of water inputs – rainfall, temporary water table and outputs – evapotranspiration. A …

Forest understory dynamics

What role do mammalian herbivores play in the regeneration of mixed forest stands and in understory vegetation dynamics?   We study the effects of herbivores on forest understory dynamics by excluding the different groups of mammals using either 2-m high fences for excluding deer and wild boar, 2-m high fences with openings for allowing only …

Biodiversity

What are the effects of tree species mixture and density of forest stands on biodiversity?   We monitor species composition and abundance of several taxonomic groups using techniques adapted for each taxonomic group such as observations and trapping: vascular plants of the understory that is at the base of food webs; bryophytes: epiphytes (growing on …