Workshop on the Role of Red Wood Ants in Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics of Forest Ecosystems
September 10-11, 2004
Kevo Subarctic Research Station,
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Red wood ants (Formica rufa group) are common in boreal and subarctic forests of Fennoscandia, Central Europe, and Asia. Because of their wide occurrence, their social structure, geographical distribution, population dynamics, and biodiversity have been intensively studied. Wood ants build large above-ground nests (mounds) composed of litter (needles, twigs) and resin collected from the surrounding forest stand, and can have a large impact on soil carbon (C) and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems. Wood ants live in symbiosis with aphids living on trees, and this relationship can greatly affect tree growth. However, our knowledge on the impact of forest management and stand structure on wood ant distribution and dynamics is very limited.
The workshop provides a forum for scientists from different fields to present their results and to discuss the role of red wood ants in the carbon and nutrient cycling in unmanaged and managed forests.
This workshop will be arranged in memory of professor Rainer Rosengren. A special issue of Annales Zoologici Fennici, in tribute to professor Rosengren, is planned, and authors are offered the opportunity to publish their study in this special issue on the understanding that the contribution will be subject to a peer reviewing processSivun alkuun/Top of page