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    Author(s): 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 Wilsey; Nico Eisenhauer
    Date: 2017
    Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1(11): 1639-1642.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    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.

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    Guerrero-Ramírez, Nathaly R.; Craven, Dylan; Reich, Peter B.; Ewel, John J.; Isbell, Forest; Koricheva, Julia; Parrotta, John A.; Auge, Harald; Erickson, Heather E.; Forrester, David I.; Hector, Andy; Joshi, Jasmin; Montagnini, Florencia; Palmborg, Cecilia; Piotto, Daniel; Potvin, Catherine; Roscher, Christiane; van Ruijven, Jasper; Tilman, David; Wilsey, Brian; Eisenhauer, Nico. 2017. Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1(11): 1639-1642.


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    Biodiversity, ecosystems, grasslands, forests

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