Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: Patterns, mechanisms, and open questions

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​Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: Patterns, mechanisms, and open questions​
Weisser, W. W.; Roscher, C.; Meyer, S. T.; Ebeling, A.; Luo, G.; Allan, E. & Beßler, H. et al.​ (2017) 
Basic and Applied Ecology23 pp. 1​-73​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2017.06.002 

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Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Roscher, Christiane; Meyer, Sebastian T.; Ebeling, Anne; Luo, Guangjuan; Allan, Eric; Beßler, Holger; Barnard, Romain L.; Buchmann, Nina; Buscot, François; Engels, Christof; Fischer, Christine; Fischer, Markus; Gessler, Arthur; Gleixner, Gerd; Halle, Stefan; Hildebrandt, Anke ; Hillebrand, Helmut; de Kroon, Hans; Huber-Lang, Markus S.; Leimer, Sophia; Le Roux, Xavier; Milcu, Alexandru; Mommer, Liesje; Niklaus, Pascal A.; Oelmann, Yvonne; Proulx, Raphael; Roy, Jacques; Scherber, Christoph ; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael; Scheu, Stefan ; Tscharntke, Teja ; Wachendorf, Michael ; Wagg, Cameron; Weigelt, Alexandra; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Wirth, Christian; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef; Schmid, Bernhard; Eisenhauer, Nico 
Abstract
In the past two decades, a large number of studies have investigated the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, most of which focussed on a limited set of ecosystem variables. The Jena Experiment was set up in 2002 to investigate the effects of plant diversity on element cycling and trophic interactions, using a multi-disciplinary approach. Here, we review the results of 15 years of research in the Jena Experiment, focussing on the effects of manipulating plant species richness and plant functional richness. With more than 85,000 measures taken from the plant diversity plots, the Jena Experiment has allowed answering fundamental questions important for functional biodiversity research.
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2017
Journal
Basic and Applied Ecology 
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Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften ; Department für Nutzpflanzenwissenschaften ; Abteilung Agrarökologie 
ISSN
1439-1791
Language
English

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