Spatial dynamics of intraspecific variation in beech (fagus sylvatica): environmental and human impacts and their importance for forest ecosystems


Scientific investigators:


Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey
(Uni Göttingen)

Dr. Oliver Gailing
(TU Michigan)



1. Large-scale genetic differentiation among the exploratories is caused by the different evolutionary history of beech populations.

2. Genetic differentiation among plots within exploratories is caused by different environmental conditions and different forest management histories.

3. Limited seed dispersal of beech results in fine-scale spatial genetic structures within plots depending on the silvicultural treatment of stands and aspects of stand structure such as species mixtures.