EVOLution of TREEs as drivers
of terrestrial biodiversity

powered by AIT EFI | twitter

ISS Solling

Site Name: Solling-Vogler Nature Reserve
Correspondant: Georg-August University Göttingen
Country: Germany
Latitude / Longitude: 009°39' E / 51°44' N
Elevation: 300m
Total Area: 25.000ha
Ecosystem: temperate (predominantly intensively managed)
Tree Species: Betula, Fagus, Quercus, Larix, Picea, Pinus
Land Ownership: predominantly public
Relation to: LTER-Europe, ILTER, ICP-Forests

 Download Solling ISS Proposal


Long Term Perspective

All investigations since 1966 were strongly supported by the owner the land, Lower Saxony. Because the Solling area suffered more from acid rain than other hilly regions in the 1960s, the owner was continuously interested in any information about the ecosystem dynamics and its long term consequences. The Solling has up to now also been a prominent educational area for forestry students (training of interdisciplinary cooperation) from Göttingen.

Scientific Value

In previous investigations, contrasting site types in the Solling were identified which show different environmental characteristics. In each such site type, both pure and mixed stands of the EVOLTREE target species spruce and beech are present. Some approaches, such as determination of the relation between beech genotype (at enzyme gene loci) and infestation by beech scale (which facilitates the entrance of fungi that can cause beech bark disease), were first applied in a Solling stand (B2 stand) in 1990. Genetic comparisons of infested and not infested beech trees led to hypotheses about the role of inherited enzyme variants.

Intensive Study Sites

Travel Grants Available

You are a PhD Student, a Post-Doctorate Student or a Researcher, and you are a member of an EVOLTREE partner lab? Then make the most of a grant!


Information about the grant

Application form

Funding Initiatives

Funding is available for EVOLTREE members: training expense reimbursement, conference grants and project grants


eLab Services

The eLab provides a search interface which can browse over all databases currently available within the EVOLTREE project.



Scientific events of interest to the EVOLTREE community are listed here. Conference grants are available to cover expenses



EVOLTREE is a growing resource, archived Articles can be found here.

Show Archive...