Data & Publications


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 (



White paper: Our Natural Capital; tekst: “During the international Francqui chair of Prof. David Ellsworth, scientists of 7 Belgian universities developed a vision for a research agenda on Natural Capital for the coming decade. This vision was synthesized in a white paper. 


A1 Journal papers (since 2019)

  • Rineau, F., Malina, R., Beenaerts, N., Arnauts, N., Bardgett, R. D., Berg, M. P., … , Meire, P., Nijs, I., … & Vangronsveld, J. (2019). Towards more predictive and interdisciplinary climate change ecosystem experiments. Nature climate change, 9, 809-816.
  • Wolters, J. W., Reitsema, R. E., Verdonschot, R. C., Schoelynck, J., Verdonschot, P. F., & Meire, P. (2019). Macrophyte‐specific effects on epiphyton quality and quantity and resulting effects on grazing macroinvertebrates. Freshwater Biology, 64, 1131-1142.
  • Shrivastava, J., Rašković, B., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. (2019). 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.
  • Rodgers, E. M., & De Boeck, G. (2019). Nitrite-induced reductions in heat tolerance are independent of aerobic scope in a freshwater teleost. Journal of Experimental Biology, 222, jeb212035.
  • Pillet, M., Castaldo, G., De Weggheleire, S., Bervoets, L., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. (2019). 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.
  • Amato, E. D., Nguyen, D. T., Subotic, D., Hereijgers, J., Breugelmans, T., Weyn, M., … & Blust, R. (2019). Characterization of the accumulation of metals and organic contaminants on a novel active-passive sampling device under controlled water flow conditions. Chemosphere, 236, 124400.
  • Opinion, A. G. R., De Boeck, G., & Rodgers, E. M. (2020). Synergism between elevated temperature and nitrate: Impact on aerobic capacity of European grayling, Thymallus thymallus in warm, eutrophic waters. Aquatic Toxicology, 226, 105563.
  • Schoelynck, J., Wolters, J. W., Teuchies, J., Brion, N., Puijalon, S., Horemans, D. M., … & Meire, P. (2020). Experimental evidence for the decline of submerged vegetation in freshwater ecosystems by the invasive Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis). Biological Invasions, 22, 627-641.
  • Vanderkelen, I., Zscheischler, J., Gudmundsson, L., Keuler, K., Rineau, F., Beenaerts, N., … & Thiery, W. (2020). A novel method for assessing climate change impacts in ecotron experiments. International journal of biometeorology, 64, 1709-1727.
  • Reitsema, R., Wolters, J., Preiner, S., Meire, P., Hein, T., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., Schoelynck, J., (2020). 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.
  • Reitsema, R. E., Preiner, S., Meire, P., Hein, T., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., & Schoelynck, J. (2020). Implications of climate change for submerged macrophytes: effects of CO2, flow velocity and nutrient concentration on Berula erecta. Aquatic Ecology, 54, 775-793.
  • Schoelynck, J., Van Loon, P., Heirmans, R., Jacobs, S., & Keirsebelik, H. (2021). 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.
  • McKenzie, D. J., Palstra, A. P., Planas, J., MacKenzie, S., Bégout, M. L., Thorarensen, H., … & Skov, P. V. (2021). Aerobic swimming in intensive finfish aquaculture: applications for production, mitigation and selection. Reviews in Aquaculture, 13, 138-155.
  • 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, 1387-1407.
  • 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, 1614-1626.
  • Castaldo, G., Pillet, M., Ameryckx, L., Bervoets, L., Town, R. M., Blust, R., & De Boeck, G. (2021). Temperature effects during a sublethal chronic metal mixture exposure on common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Frontiers in physiology, 12, 284.
  • Rodgers, E. M., Opinion, A. G. R., Isaza, D. F. G., Rašković, B., Poleksić, V., & De Boeck, G. (2021). Double whammy: Nitrate pollution heightens susceptibility to both hypoxia and heat in a freshwater salmonid. Science of The Total Environment, 765, 142777.
  • Amato, E. D., Pfeiffer, F., Estoppey, N., Subotic, D., Herweyers, L., Breugelmans, T., … & Blust, R. (2021). Field application of a novel active-passive sampling technique for the simultaneous measurement of a wide range of contaminants in water. Chemosphere, 279, 130598.
  • Flipkens, G., Blust, R., Town, R.M. (2021). Deriving Nickel (Ni(II)) and Chromium (Cr(III)) Based Environmentally Safe Olivine Guidelines for Coastal Enhanced Silicate Weathering. Environmental Science & Technology, 55, 12362-12371.
  • Opinion, A.G.R., Cakir, R., De Boeck, G. (2021). 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.
  • Teunen, L., De Jonge, M., Malarvannan, G., Covaci, A., Belpaire, C., Focant, J.-F., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. (2021). Effect of abiotic factors and environmental concentrations on the bioaccumulation of persistent organic and inorganic compounds to freshwater fish and mussels. Total Environ., 799, 149448.
  • 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. (2021). 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.
  • Teunen, L., Belpaire, C., De Boeck, G., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. (2022). Mercury accumulation in muscle and liver tissue and human health risk assessment of two resident freshwater fish species in Flanders (Belgium): a multilocation approach. Sci. Pollut. Res., 29, 7853-7865.
  • Teunen, L., De Jonge, M., Malarvannan, G., Covaci, A., Belpaire, C., Focant, J.F., Blust, R., Bervoets, L. (2022). The relevance of European Biota Quality Standards on the ecological water quality as determined by the multimetric macro-invertebrate index: A Flemish case study. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf., 231, 113222.
  • Schröder, P., Mench, M., Povilaitis, V., Rineau, F., Rutkowska, B., Schloter, M., … & Loit, E. (2022). Relaunch cropping on marginal soils by incorporating amendments and beneficial trace elements in an interdisciplinary approach. Science of The Total Environment, 803, 149844.
  • Rineau, F., Ramaekers, K., Kuipers, K., Giesberts, N., Claes, J., Arnauts, N., … & Thijs, S. (2022). Change in heathland dominant plants strongly increases C mineralization potential despite marginally affecting microbial community structure. Plant and Soil, 1-14.
  • Kröel-Dulay G, Mojzes M, Szitár K, Bahn M, Batáry P, Beier C, Bilton M, De Boeck HJ, … & Peñuelas J. (2022). Field experiments underestimate aboveground biomass response to drought. Nature ecology & evolution, 6, 540-545.
  • Reynaert, L. Zi, H. AbdElgawad, … & Asard H. (2022) Does previous exposure to extreme precipitation regimes result in acclimated grassland communities? Science of The Total Environment, 838, 156368.
  • Schoutens, K., Stoorvogel, M., Van Den Berg, M., Van Den Hoven, K., Bouma, T. J., Aarninkhof, S., … & Temmerman, S. (2022). Stability of a tidal marsh under very high flow velocities and implications for nature-based flood defense. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9.
  • 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.