What is it about?

An international team of scientists performed a study on European aspen (Populus tremula). This tree species used to be a very abundant tree in mid Europen forests; nowadays, this tree is neglected. To understand and see reasons, the scientists performed an analysis of over 4 millions aspen stands across the territory of the Czech Republuc (78 000 km2) and on the data of forest management plans they quantified causes of aspen retreat.

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Why is it important?

On the northern hemisphere, where aspen grows, it contributes to increasing biodiversity, health and productivity of forests, which are in danger globaly.


The scientists are convinced that return of neglected aspen by a proper management can increase the biodiversity and health of degraded mid European forests.

Antonin Kusbach
Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

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This page is a summary of: Eurasian aspen (Populus tremula L.): Central Europe’s keystone species ‘hiding in plain sight’, PLoS ONE, March 2024, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0301109.
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