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A1 Journal papers (since 2019)

2019      Rineau, F., Malina, R., Beenaerts, N., … , Meire, P., Nijs, I., … & Vangronsveld, J. Towards more predictive and interdisciplinary climate change ecosystem experiments. Nature climate change, 9(11), 809-816.

2019      Wolters, J. W., Reitsema, R. E., Verdonschot, R. C., Schoelynck, J., Verdonschot, P. F., & Meire, P. Macrophyte‐specific effects on epiphyton quality and quantity and resulting effects on grazing macroinvertebrates. Freshwater Biology, 64, 1131-1142.

2019      Shrivastava, J., Rašković, B., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. Exercise improves growth, alters physiological performance and gene expression in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 226, 38-48.

2019      Bashnin, T, Verhaert, V, De Jonge M, Vanhaecke, L, Teuchies, J and Bervoets L. Relationship between pesticide accumulation in transplanted zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and community structure of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Environmental Pollution, 252, 5911-598.

2019      Rodgers, E. M., & De Boeck, G. Nitrite-induced reductions in heat tolerance are independent of aerobic scope in a freshwater teleost. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222, jeb212035.

2019      Pillet, M., Castaldo, G., De Weggheleire, S., Bervoets, L., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. Limited oxidative stress in common carp (Cyprinus carpio, L., 1758) exposed to a sublethal tertiary (Cu, Cd and Zn) metal mixture. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 218, 70-80.

2019      Amato, E. D., Nguyen, D. T., Subotic, D., Hereijgers, J., Breugelmans, T., Weyn, M., … & Blust, R. Characterization of the accumulation of metals and organic contaminants on a novel active-passive sampling device under controlled water flow conditions. Chemosphere, 236, 124400.

2019      Reyns W., Rineau F., Spaak J.W. et al., 2019. Food Web Uncertainties Influence Predictions of Climate Change Effects on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Heathlands. Microb Ecol., 79, 686-693.

2020      Opinion, A. G. R., De Boeck, G., & Rodgers, E. M. Synergism between elevated temperature and nitrate: Impact on aerobic capacity of European grayling, Thymallus thymallus in warm, eutrophic waters. Aquatic Toxicology, 226, 105563.

2020      Schoelynck, J., Wolters, J. W., Teuchies, J., Brion, N., Puijalon, S., Horemans, D. M., … & Meire, P. Experimental evidence for the decline of submerged vegetation in freshwater ecosystems by the invasive Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis). Biological Invasions, 22, 627-641.

2020      Reitsema, R., Wolters, J., Preiner, S., Meire, P., Hein, T., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., Schoelynck, J., Response of submerged macrophyte growth, morphology, chlorophyll content and nutrient stoichiometry to increased flow velocity and elevated CO2 and dissolved organic carbon concentrations. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 11, 527801.

2020      Reitsema, R. E., Preiner, S., Meire, P., Hein, T., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., & Schoelynck, J. Implications of climate change for submerged macrophytes: effects of CO2, flow velocity and nutrient concentration on Berula erecta. Aquatic Ecology, 54, 775-793.

2020      Vanderkelen, I., Zscheischler, J., Gudmundsson, L., Keuler, K., Rineau, F., Beenaerts, N., … & Thiery, W. A novel method for assessing climate change impacts in ecotron experiments. International journal of biometeorology, 64, 1709-1727.

2020      Nobel A., Lizin S., Witters N., Rineau F., Malina R. The impact of wildfires on the recreational value of heathland: A discrete factor approach with adjustment for on-site sampling. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 101, 10231.

2021     Reynaert, S., De Boeck, H. J., Verbruggen, E., Verlinden, M., Flowers, N., & Nijs, I. (2021). Risk of short‐term biodiversity loss under more persistent precipitation regimes. Global Change Biology, 27(8), 1614-1626.

2021      Roy, J., Rineau, F., De Boeck, H. J., Nijs, I., Pütz, T., Abiven, S., … & Milcu, A. (2021). Ecotrons: Powerful and versatile ecosystem analysers for ecology, agronomy and environmental science. Global change biology, 27(7), 1387-1407.

2021      Schoelynck, J., Van Loon, P., Heirmans, R., Jacobs, S., & Keirsebelik, H. Design and testing of a trap removing Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis, H. Milne Edwards, 1853) from invaded river systems. River Research and Applications, 37, 307-317.

2021      McKenzie, D. J., Palstra, A. P., Planas, J., MacKenzie, S., Bégout, M. L., Thorarensen, H., … & Skov, P. V. Aerobic swimming in intensive finfish aquaculture: applications for production, mitigation and selection. Reviews in Aquaculture, 13, 138-155.

2021      Castaldo, G., Pillet, M., Ameryckx, L., Bervoets, L., Town, R. M., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. Temperature effects during a sublethal chronic metal mixture exposure on common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Frontiers in physiology, 12, 284.

2021      Rodgers, E. M., Opinion, A. G. R., Isaza, D. F. G., Rašković, B., Poleksić, V., & De Boeck, G. Double whammy: Nitrate pollution heightens susceptibility to both hypoxia and heat in a freshwater salmonid. Science of The Total Environment, 765, 142777.

2021      Amato, E. D., Pfeiffer, F., Estoppey, N., Subotic, D., Herweyers, L., Breugelmans, T., … & Blust, R. Field application of a novel active-passive sampling technique for the simultaneous measurement of a wide range of contaminants in water. Chemosphere, 279, 130598.

2021      Flipkens, G., Blust, R., Town, R.M. Deriving Nickel (Ni(II)) and Chromium (Cr(III)) Based Environmentally Safe Olivine Guidelines for Coastal Enhanced Silicate Weathering. Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 12362-12371.

2021      Opinion, A.G.R., Cakir, R., De Boeck, G. Better together: Cross-tolerance induced by warm acclimation and nitrate exposure improved the aerobic capacity and stress tolerance of common carp Cyprinus carpio. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 225, 112777.

2021      Teunen, L., Bervoets, L., Belpaire, C., De Jonge, M., Groffen, T. PFAS accumulation in indigenous and translocated aquatic organisms from Belgium, with translation to human and ecological health risk. Environmental Sciences Europe, 33, 39.

2021      Teunen, L., De Jonge, M., Malarvannan, G., Covaci, A., Belpaire, C., Focant, J.-F., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. Effect of abiotic factors and environmental concentrations on the bioaccumulation of persistent organic and inorganic compounds to freshwater fish and mussels. Science of the Total Environment, 799, 149448.

2021      Van Winckel, T., Cools, J., Vlaeminck, S.E., Joos, P., Van Meenen, E., Borregan-Ochando, E., Van den Steen, K., Geerts, R., Vandermoere, F., Blust, R. Towards harmonization of water quality management: A comparison of chemical drinking water and surface water quality standards around the globe. Journal of Environmental Management, 298, 113447.

2021      Schröder, P., Mench, M., Povilaitis, V., Rineau, F., Rutkowska, B., Schloter, M., Szulc, W., Žydelis, R., Loit, E. Relaunch cropping on marginal soils by incorporating amendments and beneficial trace elements in an interdisciplinary approach. Science of the Total Environment, 803, 149844.

2022      Kröel-Dulay, G., Mojzes, A., Szitár, K., Bahn, M., Batáry, P., Beier, C., … & Peñuelas, J. (2022). Field experiments underestimate aboveground biomass response to drought. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 6(5), 540-545.

2022      Reynaert, S., Zi, L., AbdElgawad, H., De Boeck, H. J., Vindušková, O., Nijs, I., … & Asard, H. (2022). Does previous exposure to extreme precipitation regimes result in acclimated grassland communities? Science of The Total Environment, 838, 156368.

2022      Teunen, L., Belpaire, C., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. Mercury accumulation in muscle and liver tissue and human health risk assessment of two resident freshwater fish species in Flanders (Belgium): a multilocation approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 29, 7853-7865.

2022      Teunen, L., De Jonge, M., Malarvannan, G., Covaci, A., Belpaire, C., Focant, J.F., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. The relevance of European Biota Quality Standards on the ecological water quality as determined by the multimetric macro-invertebrate index: A Flemish case study. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 231, 113222.

2022      Schoutens, K., Stoorvogel, M., Van Den Berg, M., Van Den Hoven, K., Bouma, T. J., Aarninkhof, S., … & Temmerman, S. Stability of a tidal marsh under very high flow velocities and implications for nature-based flood defense. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, 920480.

2022      Velimirovic, M., Teunkens, Bert., Ghorbanfekr, H., Buelens, Bart., Hermans, T., Van Damme, S., Tirez, K., Vanhaecke, F. What can we learn from studying plastic debris in the Sea Scheldt estuary? Science of the Total Environment, 851, 158226.

2022      Rineau, F., Ramaekers, K., Kuipers, K., Giesberts, N., Claes, J., Arnauts, N., Verbruggen, E., Thijs, S. Change in heathland dominant plants strongly increases C mineralization potential despite marginally affecting microbial community structure. Plant and Soil, 481, 49-62.

2022      Eisenhauer, N., S. F. Bender, I. Calderón‐Sanou, F. T. de Vries, J. J. Lembrechts, W. Thuiller, D. H. Wall, R. Zeiss, M. Bahram, and R. Beugnon. Frontiers in soil ecology—Insights from the World Biodiversity Forum 2022. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, 1, 245-261.

2022      Gao, C., P. M. van Bodegom, T. M. Bezemer, M. P. Veldhuis, R. Mancinelli, and N. A. Soudzilovskaia. Soil Biota Adversely Affect the Resistance and Recovery of Plant Communities Subjected to Drought.  Ecosystems, 26, 675-685.

2022      Huang, W., P. M. van Bodegom, S. Declerck, J. Heinonsalo, M. Cosme, T. Viskari, J. Liski, and N. A. Soudzilovskaia. Mycelium chemistry differs markedly between ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Communications Biology, 5, 398.

2023      Li, L., Nijs, I., De Boeck, H., Vindušková, O., Reynaert, S., Donnelly, C., … & Verbruggen, E. (2023). Longer dry and wet spells alter the stochasticity of microbial community assembly in grassland soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 178, 108969.

2023      Reynaert, S., Vienne, A., De Boeck, H. J., D’Hose, T., Janssens, I., Nijs, I., … & Poblador, S. (2023). Basalt addition improves the performance of young grassland monocultures under more persistent weather featuring longer dry and wet spells. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 340, 109610.

2023      Vindušková, O., Deckmyn, G., Bortier, M., De Boeck, H. J., Liu, Y., & Nijs, I. (2023). Combined effects of soil 3D spatial heterogeneity and biotic spatial heterogeneity (plant clumping) on ecosystem processes in grasslands. Ecology and Evolution, 13(10), e10604.

2023      Zi, L., Gargallo-Garriga, A., Oravec, M., Abdelgawad, H., Nijs, I., De Boeck, H. J., … & Asard, H. (2023). Ecometabolomic analysis of the effect of more persistent precipitation regimes reveals common and tolerance related metabolic adjustments in four grassland species. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 215, 105489.

2023      Zi, L., Reynaert, S., Nijs, I., De Boeck, H., Verbruggen, E., Beemster, G. T., … & AbdElgawad, H. (2023). Biochemical composition changes can be linked to the tolerance of four grassland species under more persistent precipitation regimes. Physiologia plantarum, 175(6), e14083.

2023      Reynaert, S., Lembrechts, J. J., De Boeck, H. J., Donnelly, C., Zi, L., Li, L., & Nijs, I. (2023). Direct and higher‐order interactions in plant communities under increasing weather persistence. Oikos, e10128.

2023      Li, L., Lin, Q., Nijs, I., De Boeck, H., Beemster, G. T., Asard, H., & Verbruggen, E. (2023). More persistent weather causes a pronounced soil microbial legacy but does not impact subsequent plant communities. Science of The Total Environment, 903, 166570.

2023      Groffen, T., Kuijper, N., Oden, S., Willems, T., Bervoets, L., Prinsen, E. Growth Hormones in Broad Bean (Vicia faba L.) and Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus L.) Are Associated with Accumulated Concentrations of Perfluoroalkyl Substances. Toxics, 11(11), 922.

2023      Opinion, A.G.R., Vanhomwegen, M., De Boeck, G., Aerts, J. Long-term stress induced cortisol downregulation, growth reduction and cardiac remodeling in Atlantic salmon. Journal of Experimental Biology, 226(22), jeb246504.

2023      Gao, C., T. M. Bezemer, P. M. Van Bodegom, H. C. Cornelissen, R. van Logtestijn, X. Liu, R. Mancinelli, H. van der Hagen, M. Zhou, and N. A. Soudzilovskaia. Plant community responses to alterations in soil abiotic and biotic conditions are decoupled for above‐and below‐ground traits. 2023  Journal of Ecology, 111, 903-914.

2023      Mancinelli, R., van Bodegom, P. M., Lankhorst, J. A., & Soudsilovskaia, N. A. (2023). Understanding the impact of main cell wall polysaccharides on the decomposition of ectomycorrhizal fungal necromass. European Journal of Soil Science, 74(2), e13351.

2023      Arnauts N., Portillo-Estrada M., Wevers J., Carnol M., Bosman B., Rineau F., 2023. Investigating the response of soil nitrogen cycling to grass invasion. Pedobiologia, 97-98, 150874.

2024      Reynaert, S., D’Hose, T., De Boeck, H. J., Laorden, D., Dult, L., Verbruggen, E., & Nijs, I. (2024). Can permanent grassland soils with elevated organic carbon buffer negative effects of more persistent precipitation regimes on forage grass performance?. Science of The Total Environment, 918, 170623.

2024      Bijns, C., Groffen, T., Bervoets, L., Aquatic macroinvertebrate community responses to pollution of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Can we define threshold body burdens? Science of the Total Environment, 917, 170611.

2024      Rineau F., Groh J., Claes J., Grosjean K., Mench M., Moreno-Druet M., Povilaitis V., Pütz T., Rutkowska B., Schröder P., Soudzilovskaia N.A., Swinnen X., Szulc W., Thijs S., Vanderborght J., Vangronsveld J., Vereecken H., Verhaege K., Žydelis R., Loit E., Limited effects of crop foliar Si fertilization on a marginal soil under a future climate scenario, Helyon, 10(1), e23882. 

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Data (under construction)

Within AnaEE, we strive to make our data publically available using international data curation and sharing standards when possible. The following databases are already accessible at this time, with more on the way:

Data from: Risk of short-term biodiversity loss under more persistent precipitation regimes

Data from: Does previous exposure to extreme precipitation regimes result in acclimated grassland communities?

Macro-scale Ecotron: Data on climate, ecosystem functioning, soil processes and biogeochemical cycles collected in experiments at a frequency of 1-30 min, is automatically stored in databases. A general description of the ecotron databases is available here. A list of all parameters measured and controlled in the Ecotron is available here. Data on currently running experiments is available on a collaborative basis. Contact Prof. Francois Rineau (