Background / Research questions

• In order to extend the biodiversity submodel of EFForTS-ABM, we need a better understanding of understorey plants species richness in agricultural landscapes in lowland Sumatra. Statistical models of understorey plants alpha biodiversity will help us to scale plot-level data to larger spatial scales. We will also gain a basic understanding of processes and variables that shape patterns in plant species communities in Indonesian agricultural systems.

• Main research questions are:
(i) Which environmental variables determine understorey plants species richness in the landuse transformation systems of Indonesia?
(ii) How can environmental predictor variables be combined into a statistical regression model to predict understorey plants species richness?
(iii) Can understorey plants species richness be predicted by environmental variables in a sufficiently precise manner?
(iv) What is the effect of landuse system transformation on understorey plants species richness?