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Sino-Europe cooperation project “Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning Experiment” summarizes the results of the 1st stage
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On May 2-6, 2011, the Sino-Europe cooperation project “Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning Experiment (BEF-China)” summarized the results for the first phase.

Funded by the Sino-German Center for Science Promotion,the symposium  aimed to develop biodiversity theory and concepts.It is also an excellent opportunity to present these findings to a broader auditorium, including scientists from outside BEF-China and the new members of the second stage. It also discussed some new results in a transdisciplinary context and before the background of current biodiversity theory, to discuss synthesis paper ideas and to find a common argumentation line in interpreting the results of the first stage.

The symposium was co-chaired by Prof. Dr. MA Keping  of Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Helge Bruelheide at Luther University, Germany. 39 professors from related research institutions and universities of China, Germany and Switzerland attended the symposium, as well as 30 graduate students from BEF-China and Beijing Normal University. Dr. Heike Strelen, the head of the Sino-German Center, attended the symposium and gave an welcome-talk at the opening ceremony.

BEF-China is an international collaborative project being carried out by the scientists from China, Germany and Swiss, and funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its main aim is to reveal the maintenance mechanisms of biodiversity and the variation of ecosystem function in subtropical forests of China. The field work is located in Xingangshan Town, Dexing City, Jiangxi Province, and Research Station of Forest Biodiversity and Climate Change at the Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, Kaihua, Zhejiang Province.  During the first phase of BEF-China, it resulted in many novel findings in all of the contributing subprojects, and publications in famous international journals, such asEcological Monographs, Ecography and Journal of Ecology.
 
(reported by XU Yuanjie, Research Station of Forest Biodiversity and Climate Change)

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