Boreal forest fertilization leads to functional homogenization of ground beetle assemblages

Antonio Rodríguez, Anne-Maarit Hekkala, Jorgen Sjögren, Joachim Strengbom & Therese Löfroth
1. Intensive fertilization of young spruce forest plantations (i.e. “nutrient optimization”) has the potential to meet increasing demands for carbon sequestration and biomass production from boreal forests. However, its effects on biodiversity, other than the homogenization of ground-layer plant communities, are widely unknown. 2. We sampled ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in young spruce forest plantations of southern Sweden, within a large-scale, replicated ecological experiment initiated in 2012, where half of forest stands were fertilized every...
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