Functional and epiphytic biodiversity differences between nine tree species in the UK
This dataset is embargoed and will be made available by 1 November 2021 at the latest
The dataset contains information from 234 trees at six sites across the UK collected in 2018. The tree species studied were Acer pseudoplatanus sycamore, Castanea sativa sweet chestnut, Fagus sylvatica beech, Fraxinus excelsior common ash, Quercus cerris Turkey oak, Q. petraea sessile oak, Q. robur pedunculate oak, Q. rubra red oak and Tilia x europaea common lime. The presence of all lichens and bryophyte species on the trunk to a height of 1.75m were recorded in addition to the presence of the lichens on branches and twigs where these were accessible. The bark characteristics recorded were bark pH, ridge and furrow width, furrow depth, hardness, water holding capacity and the bark patterning. The soil variables studied were: nitrogen mineralization and decomposition rate, total soil carbon and nitrogen, loss on ignition, soil pH and soil temperature. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy data from the soil samples is also presented along with data on site location and the habitat characteristics surrounding the sampled trees.
Publication date: 2020-02-25
Provenance & quality
Lichen and bryophyte data were collected in the field. Unknown species were collected and identified in the lab. Rare species were doubled checked by species experts. Soil chemistry analysis and FTIR followed standard protocols and quality controls as detailed by James Hutton Institute analytical. The data was checked posted entry.
Tilia x europaea,
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Award: BB/N022831/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
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