Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems

Nathaly R. Guerrero-Ramírez, Dylan Craven, Peter B. Reich, John J. Ewel, Forest Isbell, Julia Koricheva, John A. Parrotta, Harald Auge, Heather E. Erickson, David I. Forrester, Andy Hector, Jasmin Joshi, Florencia Montagnini, Cecilia Palmborg, Daniel Piotto, Catherine Potvin, Christiane Roscher, Jasper Van Ruijven, David Tilman, Brian WilseyNico Eisenhauer

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Abstract

The effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning generally increase over time, but the underlying processes remain unclear. Using 26 long-term grassland and forest experimental ecosystems, we demonstrate that biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships strengthen mainly by greater increases in functioning in high-diversity communities in grasslands and forests. In grasslands, biodiversity effects also strengthen due to decreases in functioning in low-diversity communities. Contrasting trends across grasslands are associated with differences in soil characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1639-1642
Number of pages4
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Volume1
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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    Guerrero-Ramírez, N. R., Craven, D., Reich, P. B., Ewel, J. J., Isbell, F., Koricheva, J., Parrotta, J. A., Auge, H., Erickson, H. E., Forrester, D. I., Hector, A., Joshi, J., Montagnini, F., Palmborg, C., Piotto, D., Potvin, C., Roscher, C., Van Ruijven, J., Tilman, D., ... Eisenhauer, N. (2017). Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1(11), 1639-1642. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0325-1