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Publication: How to Bloom the Green Desert

Dr. Ina Säumel has published a joint paper with Paola Pozo, in which the authors describe eucalyptus plantations and native forests in Uruguay beyond black and white perspectives.
Forest productivity and biodiversity at the same time?

The ongoing debate on the boon or bane of monocultural timber plantations demonstrates the need to develop alternative approaches that achieve forest productivity while conserving biodiversity.

In their paper, the authors assess the diversity of tree species in native forests and in eucalyptus plantations, and evaluated the potential use of native species to enhance plantation management. Differences in the composition of plant communities were denoted between native forests and plantations, although native forests were similar in composition, even in the presence of exotic species. Native forests harbor specialist species that are absent from plantations, and therefore perform a decisive role in maintaining local biodiversity.

Strategies to enhance species diversity and structural diversity within plantations or to establish mixed buffer strips containing native species at the edge of plantations are potential measures to enhance biodiversity and foster the integration of plantations into the local landscape.

Pozo, P.; Säumel, I. (2018): How to Bloom the Green Desert: Eucalyptus Plantations and Native Forests in Uruguay beyond Black and White Perspectives. Forests 2018, 9(10), 614; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9100614


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