8. März 2021, von Website Team Biologie
On February 25th and 26th, the first digital international workshop on "Non-vascular vegetation in the changing Earth system" took place at the UHH.
Non-vascular vegetation, which includes mosses, lichens, terrestrial algae and cyanobacteria, may be crucial for ecosystem functioning in many regions around the world. However, in spite of their potentially important role in the Earth system, these organisms are relatively little researched compared to vascular plants. It is particularly unclear how they will respond to combined effects of increased temperature, CO2, altered disturbance frequency, and other environmental factors in the course of global change.
International group of scientists
20 scientists from nine different countries who work on non-vascular vegetation in different ecosystems around the world, such as the high latitudes, drylands, or the tropical and temperate rainforests, covering on the first digital international workshop on "Non-vascular vegetation in the changing Earth system" a broad range of methodological approaches, including field and laboratory work, and also modeling.
The goal of this workshop was to review the current state of the art regarding effects of (changing) environmental conditions on non-vascular vegetation, and to identify knowledge gaps.