Study of mixed natural regeneration in older scots pine (Pinus sylvestris, Pinaceae) plantation forests in Flanders sandy regions (Belgium)


The Laboratory of Forestry has been monitoring spontaneous natural processes in older Scots pine plantation forests on sandy soils in Flanders for several years now. Forest policy and management aim at converting these homogeneous forest stands intonear-natural, well-structured forests of mainly indigenous broad-leaved species. Although there is no specific financing at the moment, we are continuing the research. Main scope is analysis of complex stand structures consisting of older retained Scots pine trees and mixed spontaneous regeneration of indigenous species, mainly birch, Scots pine, rowan ash, alder buckthorn, beech, pedunculate oak, and exotic species as black cherry, red American oak and Douglas fir. Processes guiding this spontaneous evolution mainly deal with seed dispersal, soil vegetation, herbivory and above-ground and below-ground competition.


ecology, succession, forestry, terrestrial, vegetation analysis, vegetations, trees, seedlings, competition, natural regeneration, forests conversion, conifer plantations, management, Ecology, Forests, Origins, Maintenance and Change of Biodiversity, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, Belgium, Flanders, Campine region, Kempen natural region, woody vascular plants, trees, Betula pendula, Pinus sylvestris, Fagus sylvatica, Sorbus, aucuparia, Frangula alnus, Quercus robur, Quercus rubra, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Prunus serotina


Belgium {Geographical scope}
Dry and Sub-humid Lands {Habitat type}
Forest {Habitat type}


Name Role Start End
Department of Forest and Water Management unknown


Reference Role
Geudens, G., Lust, N. & Nachtergale, L. (2000) Induced natural regeneration in understory of Scots pine. In: Ceulemans, R. et al. (Eds.) Topics in Ecology. Structure and function in plants and ecosystems. University of Antwerp, p. 9-17. author

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