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Understanding the role of mammalian herbivores in shaping woody plant communities; what can we learn from a cross–continental comparison?
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On 11 - 15 October the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences organised a scientific workshop, entitled: “Understanding the role of mammalian herbivores in shaping woody plant communities; what can we learn from a cross – continental comparison?”. The aim of the workshop was to discuss how large mammalian herbivores shape woody plant communities around the world and to bring together research lines from the northern and southern hemisphere to discuss key questions that are currently debated. Discussions were focused on identifying key differences and/or generalities in the way herbivores interact with woody plant communities across the globe. The workshop was a 5-days event and consisted of a series of mini-workshops, each focussing on one central theme during one day.

Theme 1:
Bottom-up versus top-down; how does the importance of herbivory (top-down) vary with abiotic gradients across the world?

Theme 2:
The role of key herbivore species in determining grassland-woody species interactions.

Theme 3:
Cascading effects of carnivores on herbivore-woody plant interactions

Theme 4:
The role of plant-response in shaping herbivore-woody plant interactions

Each day consisted of 6-7 lectures of leading scientists within that field followed by an excursion into the Białowieża Primeval Forest to visit a specific site or running experiment matching the main theme of the day. The excursions were aimed at providing a good setting for lively discussions and exchange of ideas. The small number of participants (ca. 24 people in total) enabled to achieve high levels of interactions resulting in three main outputs of the workshop:

1) exchange of ideas,
2) working on two communal scientific papers
3) established network of researchers enabling future cooperation and activities.
Copyright © 2010 Bioconsus, This project has received funding from the European Union’s
Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and
demonstration under grant agreement No 245737.
Copyright 2010 Neone
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