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Ecosystem functions and services of nature

Natural habitats not only provide valuable habitats for (rare) animal and plant species, but also provide numerous ecosystem services for humans. For example, a forest is an important carbon sink, serves as erosion control, regulates the climate of an entire region, as well as the hydrological situation. In this working package, we will measure ecosystem functions and services provided by nature based on an experimental approach. For this purpose we will measure the following proxies: pollinator activity, seed dispersal, and predation rates and types (these selected proxies are of highest relevance for successful sustainable agricultural use). We will measure these proxies in the forest as well as in adjacent agricultural areas, settlements and tree plantations. This activity will be mainly supervised by Jan C. Habel, Mike Teucher, Jonas Eberle.