CSPs: Herb layer plant biomass in the CSPs, separated into functional groups (2008)

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Dataset Abstract

Biomass is a proxy for assessing herb layer productivity. In contrast to most traits it is easy practicable and therefore feasible repeatedly. Since the proportion of functional groups is informative for community structure biomass was harvested separately according to functional classification. Harvest included all plants in herblayer, i.e. below one metre in height.

Dataset Design

The CSPs were established in May - June 2008 in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve as well as outside the Nature Reserve. The CSPs have a size of 30 x 30 metres and are exposed to the north. The central plot hold a size of 10 x 10 metres and is situated in the centre. Four 1 x 1 metres plots were systematically chosen positioned outwards the corners of the central plot. The herblayer, i.e. plants below one metre in height, was harvested completely within those 1 m2 plots. The harvest only included aboveground biomass.

Spatial Extent

The aboveground biomass harvest was done in each of the 27 CSPS in the Gutianshan National Reserve in China.
29°18'-29°17'N
118°02'-118°11'E

Published

Both S, Fang T, Böhnke M, Bruelheide H, Geißler C, Kühn P, Scholten T, Trogisch S, Erfmeier A (2011). Lack of tree layer control on herb layer characteristics in a subtropical forest, China. Journal of Vegetation Science 22(6): 1120–1131 . http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01324.x/abstract   

Temporal Extent

May to Juli 2008

Taxonomic Extent

Herb species in the CSPs. These include the woody recruits in the herb layer (up to 1 m height)

Data Analysis

Data can be used for measures of biomass and functional biodiversity in the herb layer of the CSPs. Mind that these species are not only herbs, but also the woody species in the herb layer.

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Paper proposal submissions

Published

2012

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

CSP
name of the CSP in the Nature ReserveBEF research plot nameReasearch plots of the Biodiversity - Ecosystem functioning experiment (BEF-China). There are three main sites for research plots in the BEF Experiment: Comparative Study Plots (CSP) in the Gutianshan Nature Reserve, having a size of 30x30m^2, measured on the ground.
Data group: BEF research plot name
Keywords: CSP
Values
CSP04
CSP02
CSP05
CSP03
CSP01
date
dateDate time information
Data group: Date time information
Keywords: date
Values
2008-05-15 00:00:00
2008-06-03 00:00:00
2008-05-16 00:00:00
2008-05-27 00:00:00
2008-05-31 00:00:00
functional group
functional group within herblayer
Data group: Plant functional group or life form
Keywords: herb layer, functional group, plant functional trait
Values
fern
dicotyl herbs
graminaea
climber
2
sublocation
direction of central plot's corner
Data group: Subplots within CSPs
Keywords: CSP subplots
Values
NW_c
NE_c
SW_c
SE_c
biomass
oven-dry aboveground biomass of the plants belonging to a functional groupAbove-ground biomass measurement
Unit: gram
Data group: Above and below ground biomass measurement
Keywords: biomass, productivity
Values
0
0.018
0.017
0.013
0.025