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Record number 508808
Title Reintroducing Environmental Change Drivers in Biodiversity–Ecosystem Functioning Research
Author(s) Laender, F. de; Rohr, Jason R.; Ashauer, Roman; Baird, D.J.; Berger, Uta; Eisenhauer, N.; Grimm, V.; Hommen, U.; Maltby, L.; Melian, J.; Pomati, Francesco; Roessink, I.; Radchuk, V.; Brink, Paul van den
Source Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31 (2016)12. - ISSN 0169-5347 - p. 905 - 915.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2016.09.007
Department(s) Alterra - Environmental risk assessment
WIMEK
Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract For the past 20 years, research on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (B-EF) has only implicitly considered the underlying role of environmental change. We illustrate that explicitly reintroducing environmental change drivers in B-EF research is needed to predict the functioning of ecosystems facing changes in biodiversity. Next we show how this reintroduction improves experimental control over community composition and structure, which helps to provide mechanistic insight on how multiple aspects of biodiversity relate to function and how biodiversity and function relate in food webs. We also highlight challenges for the proposed reintroduction and suggest analyses and experiments to better understand how random biodiversity changes, as studied by classic approaches in B-EF research, contribute to the shifts in function that follow environmental change.
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