Running period: 
2011 to 2015

Soil biotic and abiotic conditions vary greatly over space, and insight into the role that soil heterogeneity plays in creating and maintaining plant diversity and can be key to successful restoration of biodiversity. The aim of this project is to study how spatial variation in soil biota affects plant diversity and ecosystem functioning, and how management of soil heterogeneity can assist nature restoration. As part of this project the effectiveness of soil transplantation for nature restoration and improvement of belowground biodiversity will be examined in a large-scale field trial. This project is carried out in close collaboration with the largest Dutch nature organization “Natuurmonumenten”.  


NWO (Biodiversity Works programme)

Research team