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Forest ecology and ecosystems

Bernard Boisson

Ecosystems are communities of plants and animals within a physical environment or habitat, characterized by a variety of complex interactions and interdependencies. Examples of ecosystems are forests, grasslands, estuaries, lakes, and even deserts.

Forests are terrestrial, highly visible and the most easily accessible plant communities and resources. They are the most complex communities of animals and plants on the earth's surface. The living or biotic components of forest ecosystem are trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses, and ta wide variety of herbivores and carnivores from large mammals to small insects.

Forest ecosystems, as other ecosystems, are characterized by functional processes, where solar energy is transformed into chemical energy by photosynthesis and it flows through the ecosystem via a food web.


9 records found in EUROFOREST Portal

  1. ALTER-Net - A Long-term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network
  2. COST Action 725. Establishing a European Phenological Data Platform for Climatological Applications
  3. COST Action FP1305. Linking belowground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests - BioLink
  4. Département Ecologie des forêts, prairies et milieux aquatiques (EFPA), INRA
    • Forest, grassland and freshwater ecology department, INRA
  5. European Forest Institute (EFI)
  6. European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Network — LTER-Europe
  7. Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) - COST
  8. Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA)
    • National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) [France]
  9. Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie - Arbeitsgruppe Feuerökologie
    • Max-Planck Chemical Institute - Fire Ecology Research Group