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Drivers and impacts of invertebrate herbivores across forest ecosystems globally.

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "ECOHERB" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Paradisgatan 5c
city: LUND
postcode: 22100
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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙750˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙750˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    LUNDS UNIVERSITET SE (LUND) coordinator 1˙750˙000.00


 Project objective

Forests slow global climate change by absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide but this ecosystem service is limited by soil nutrients. Herbivores potentially alter soil nutrients in a range of ways, but these have mostly only been recorded for large mammals. By comparison, the impacts of the abundant invertebrates in forests have largely been ignored and are not included in current models used to generate the climate predictions so vital for designing governmental policies The proposed project will use a pioneering new interdisciplinary approach to provide the most complete picture yet available of the rates, underlying drivers and ultimate impacts of key nutrient inputs from invertebrate herbivores across forest ecosystems worldwide. Specifically, we will:

(1) Establish a network of herbivory monitoring stations across all major forest types, and across key environmental gradients (temperature, rainfall, ecosystem development). (2) Perform laboratory experiments to examine the effects of herbivore excreta on soil processes under different temperature and moisture conditions. (3) Integrate this information into a cutting-edge ecosystem model, to generate more accurate predictions of forest carbon sequestration under future climate change.

The network established will form the foundation for a unique long-term global monitoring effort which we intend to continue long after the current funding time scale. This work represents a powerful blend of several disciplines harnessing an array of cutting edge tools to provide fundamentally novel insights into an area of direct and urgent importance for the society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Daniel B. Metcalfe, Gregory M. Crutsinger, Bright B. Kumordzi, David A. Wardle
Nutrient fluxes from insect herbivory increase during ecosystem retrogression in boreal forest
published pages: 124-132, ISSN: 0012-9658, DOI: 10.1890/15-0302.1
Ecology 97/1 2019-04-18
2018 Daniel B. Metcalfe, Mehdi Cherif, Jane U. Jepsen, Ole Petter L. Vindstad, Jeppe Ã…. Kristensen, Ulrika Belsing
Ecological stoichiometry and nutrient partitioning in two insect herbivores responsible for large-scale forest disturbance in the Fennoscandian subarctic
published pages: , ISSN: 0307-6946, DOI: 10.1111/een.12679
Ecological Entomology 2019-04-18
2018 Jeppe A. Kristensen, Daniel B. Metcalfe, Johannes Rousk
The biogeochemical consequences of litter transformation by insect herbivory in the Subarctic: a microcosm simulation experiment
published pages: 323-336, ISSN: 0168-2563, DOI: 10.1007/s10533-018-0448-8
Biogeochemistry 138/3 2019-04-18
2018 Daniel B. Metcalfe, Thirze D. G. Hermans, Jenny Ahlstrand, Michael Becker, Martin Berggren, Robert G. Björk, Mats P. Björkman, Daan Blok, Nitin Chaudhary, Chelsea Chisholm, Aimée T. Classen, Niles J. Hasselquist, Micael Jonsson, Jeppe A. Kristensen, Bright B. Kumordzi, Hanna Lee, Jordan R. Mayor, Janet Prevéy, Karolina Pantazatou, Johannes Rousk, Ryan A. Sponseller, Maja K. Sundqvist, Jing Tang, Johan Uddling, Göran Wallin, Wenxin Zhang, Anders Ahlström, David E. Tenenbaum, Abdulhakim M. Abdi
Patchy field sampling biases understanding of climate change impacts across the Arctic
published pages: 1443-1448, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0612-5
Nature Ecology & Evolution 2/9 2019-04-18

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