Francesco de Bello

Czech Academy of Sciences - Institute of Botany

Department of Botany - University of South Bohemia


In this page you can find some basic information about my research interests, some the projects I have been working on, and the different functions we developed in R. For the macro to calculate functional diversity (by Jan Lepš) click here. Clonal traits from Central European species are freely available in the CLO-PLA database.



The highest function of ecology

is understanding consequences

(Frank Herbert, Dune)


Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, Dukelská 135, CZ-379 82, Třeboň, Czech Republic.

Department of Botany, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Na Zlate Stoce 1, CZ-370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

Im trained as a plant ecologist and agronomist. Using meadows and alpine vegetation as a study framework, I assess the role of functional trait diversity on the interface between community assembly and ecosystem service delivery. My interests also include the effects of land-use changes on vegetation, and particularly grazing and mowing, and the development of integrated biodiversity indicator systems to monitor the effects of these changes in interaction with climate change.

My CV (not always updated with the publications)

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