General Botany and Nature Management

  • Postal address

    Pleinlaan 2

    1050 Brussels


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The APNA unit covers fiveresearch domains: 1. vegetation research and spatio-temporal vegetation analysis - target vegetation types: mangroves, temperate deciduous forests, cork oak forests, vegetation of seepage zones (including types of wetlands); - methods: classical Braun-Blanquet relevés, PCQM transects, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing, GIS, application of hydrological modelling, wood anatomy and environmental stress, socio-economic surveys. 2. genetic diversity, genetic structure plant populations and taxonomy - target taxa: aquatic macrophytes, old growth forest herbaceous plants, willow, mangrove tree species, cork oak; - methods: isoenzyme analysis, PCR-based techniques, classical taxonomic methodology, including herbarium BRVU. 3. limnology (freshwater ecology) and water quality research - target areas: African lakes, brooks in temperate regions, seepage zones; - methods: limnological methodology, phytoplankton studies, EIA. 4. nature management and nature management policies - target areas: nature management in the above-mentioned areas, particularly periurban ecosystems; - methods: above mentioned laboratory and fieldwork, questionnaire-based surveys, management planning. The Brussels area (including the Zonien forest) is of particular interest for the vegetation and nature management studies as well as for the freshwater and water quality surveys done in the research group. 5. bio-accoustics of amphibians in the Indian subcontinent


  • Remote Sensing
  • Biocomplexity
  • Remote sensing
  • Biodiversity
  • Bio-Indicator
  • Sri Lanka
  • Multivariate Ecological Research
  • India
  • Brussels
  • Kenya
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Genetic Erosion
  • Pollutants
  • Genetic Differentiation
  • Forest Ecology
  • Environmental Education
  • Mangrove Ecosystems
  • Mangrove Ecology
  • Nature Management
  • Tropical Inland Waters
  • Heavy Metals
  • Mauritania
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Terrestrial Environment
  • Ethnobiology
  • Aquatic Environment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Geographic information systems
  • GIS
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • remote sensing


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  • Microbial community composition in the dung of five sympatric European herbivore species

    Sun, X., Sitters, J., Ruytinx, J., Wassen, M. J. & Olde Venterink, H., Mar 2024, In: Ecology and Evolution. 14, 3, p. e11071 18 p., e11071.

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  • Compositional variation in grassland plant communities

    Bakker, J. D., Price, J. N., Henning, J. A., Batzer, E. E., Ohlert, T. J., Wainwright, C. E., Adler, P. B., Alberti, J., Arnillas, C. A., Biederman, L. A., Borer, E. T., Brudvig, L. A., Buckley, Y. M., Bugalho, M. N., Cadotte, M. W., Caldeira, M. C., Catford, J. A., Chen, Q., Crawley, M. J., Daleo, P. & 33 others, Dickman, C. R., Donohue, I., DuPre, M. E., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fay, P. A., Gruner, D. S., Haider, S., Hautier, Y., Jentsch, A., Kirkman, K., Knops, J. M. H., Lannes, L. S., MacDougall, A. S., McCulley, R. L., Mitchell, R. M., Moore, J. L., Morgan, J. W., Mortensen, B., Olde Venterink, H., Peri, P. L., Power, S. A., Prober, S. M., Roscher, C., Sankaran, M., Seabloom, E. W., Smith, M. D., Stevens, C., Sullivan, L. L., Tedder, M., Veen, G. F. C., Virtanen, R. & Wardle, G. M., Jun 2023, In: Ecosphere. 14, 6, 17 p., e4542.

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  • Herbivory and nutrients shape grassland soil seed banks

    Eskelinen, A., Jessen, M-T., Bahamonde, H. A., Bakker, J. D., Borer, E. T., Caldeira, M. C., Harpole, W. S., Jia, M., Lannes, L. S., Nogueira, C., Olde Venterink, H., Peri, P. L., Porath-Krause, A. J., Seabloom, E. W., Schroeder, K., Tognetti, P. M., Yasui, S-L. E., Virtanen, R. & Sullivan, L. L., 4 Jul 2023, In: Nature Communications. 14, 1, 11 p., 3949.

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  • Nothing lasts forever: Dominant species decline under rapid environmental change in global grasslands

    Wilfahrt, P. A., Seabloom, E. W., Bakker, J. D., Biederman, L., Bugalho, M. N., Cadotte, M. W., Caldeira, M. C., Catford, J. A., Chen, Q., Donohue, I., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Haider, S., Heckman, R. W., Jentsch, A., Koerner, S. E., Komatsu, K. J., Laungani, R., MacDougall, A., Martina, J. P. & 22 others, Martinson, H., Moore, J. L., Niu, Y., Ohlert, T., Venterink, H. O., Orr, D., Peri, P., Pos, E., Price, J., Raynaud, X., Ren, Z., Roscher, C., Smith, N. G., Stevens, C. J., Sullivan, L. L., Tedder, M., Tognetti, P. M., Veen, C., Wheeler, G., Young, A. L., Young, H. & Borer, E. T., Nov 2023, In: Journal of Ecology. 111, 11, p. 2472-2482 11 p.

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