Study of major processes in the biogeochemical cycles of the Phillyrea latifolia shrubland in Ramat Hanadiv


The fluxes of matter and energy among the different components of an ecosystem are instrumental in ecosystem characterization and functioning. Despite their importance, those processes were rarely studied in Israel. The objectives of this research were

1) to assess spatial and temporal changes in major processes of the biogeochemical cycles in a Mediterranean ecosystem,

2) elaborate biotic and abiotic factors regulating those changes.

The project was carried out in a shrubland dominated by Phillyrea latifolia in Ramat Hanadiv, north-central Israel. Studies focused on biomass and plant litter production, litter decomposition and nutrient dynamics at microsites, including shrubs and intershrub patches. This project enabled studying variation in major ecosystem processes in space and time, and assessing factors leading to variation.


Dirks I, Navon Y, Kanas D, Dumbur R and Grünzweig JM. 2010. Atmospheric water vapor as driver of litter decomposition in Mediterranean shrubland and grassland during rainless seasons. Global Change Biology 16, 2799-2812.

Yael Navon (postdoc)
Rita Dumbur (lab technician)

Partner organizations:
Ramat Hanadiv Nature Park