Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning


Global Litter Invertebrate Decomposition Experiment

Fu-shan Research Station, Taiwan

Site Manager

Dr. Kuo-chuan Lin
Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI)
53 Nan-hai road, Taipei 100
T elephone: (+886) 2 2303 9978 ext 1504
F ax: (+886) 2 2389 5531

Dr. Hen-biau King
Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
53 Nan-hai Road, Taipei, Taiwan 100
Telephone: (+886) 2 2303 9978 ext. 1408 or 1413
Fax: (+886) 2 2375 2164

Site Description

The Fu-shan research station of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, TFRI, was established in 1990. Research themes are: nutrient budget, hydrological processes, plant-animal interaction, forest regeneration mechanism. The Fu-shan site, within the Ha-pen Nature Preserve (established in 1986), was designated in 1992. The infrastructure includes two gauged weirs in two small forest watersheds and two observation towers. The research station collects many types of data including: maps of geology, topography and soils; air temperature and humidity, precipitation, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, soil moisture; chemical composition of precipitation, throughfall, stemflow, soil solution and streamwater, plant tissue, litterfall, soil; leaf area indices; vegetation composition, above-ground biomass, tree growth/mortal, litterfall and decomposition, phenology; species composition of flora and fauna.

Site Location

Site location is 60 km southeast of Taipei at 24° 46' N, 121° 43' E.

Site Area

Site area is 1100 ha.

Site Elevation

Site elevation is 400-1400 m.

Annual Rainfall

Total annual rainfall is 3660 mm within 221 rainy days.

Annual Temperature

Annual monthly mean temperature is 18.2° C.


Soil types are Hapludults on more stable terrain and Dystrochrepts on more erosive surface areas. The nutrient status is as follows: total amount of N, P, K, Ca, and Mg of the 0-60cm soil depth to be 6,946, 1,769, 73,840, 803, and 13,650 kg/ha, respectively; types of soil fauna: 523 species, or 122 families, or 15 orders of insects, of which 240 species, or 52 families, or 10 orders to be Acarina; 12 species or 14 families of Chilopoda, Diploda and Crustacean to be found.

Native Forest/Vegetation Types

Native forest and vegetation types are Pristine subtropical moist forest, composed predominantly of Lauraceae and Fagaceae.

Principal Biome/Ecoregion

Principal biome and ecoregion is subtropical mixed evergreen hardwood forest.



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GLIDE was a project of the International Biodiversity Observation Year 2001-2002

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 98 06437 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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