Content tagged "whole forest"

Measure your carbon footprint

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: November 24, 2015

Diversity in the Forest Understory

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: October 22, 2015

The understory of a forest is made up of the trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that exist below the canopy. In general, the forest understory makes up the...

Microflora and Fauna in Forests

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: October 22, 2015

Written by Peter Kolb, Montana State UniversityForests (Figure 1) are composed of many trophic levels that include primary producers: large and dominant...

Understanding Soils in Forests

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: October 05, 2015

Soil is an important component of forest and woodland ecosystems as it helps regulate important ecosystem processes, such as nutrient uptake, decomposition,...

Dynamics of Nutrient Cycling

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: September 01, 2015

Plants require four factors for growth and reproduction: light, water, the right temperature, and nutrients. Plant nutrients are chemical elements that are...

Insects in Forests

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 18, 2015

Written by Peter Kolb, Montana State University Insects perform many roles within forests as pollinators, herbivores, carnivores, decomposers, and food...

What Makes a Tree Unique?

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 17, 2015

A tree is a plant with a tall structure comprised of a stem and branches to support leaves and a root system than anchors the stem as well as procures and...

Biodiversity in Forests

Climate, Forests and Woodlands Updated: March 16, 2015

Biodiversity refers to the range of life forms and species that exist within a given ecosystem. Different forest types have varying degrees of biodiversity....

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