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Record number 540811
Title Network Analyses Can Advance Above-Belowground Ecology
Author(s) Ramirez, Kelly S.; Geisen, Stefan; Morriën, Elly; Snoek, Basten L.; Putten, Wim H. van der
Source Trends in Plant Science 23 (2018)9. - ISSN 1360-1385 - p. 759 - 768.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2018.06.009
Department(s) Laboratory of Nematology
Groep KoornneefGroep Koornneef
PE&RC
EPS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) community ecology - global change - species interactions - terrestrial ecology
Abstract

An understanding of above-belowground (AG-BG) ecology is important for evaluating how plant interactions with enemies, symbionts, and decomposers affect species diversity and will respond to global changes. However, research questions and experiments often focus on only a limited number of interactions, creating an incomplete picture of how entire communities may be involved in AG-BG community ecology. Therefore, a pressing challenge is to formulate hypotheses of AG-BG interactions when considering communities in their full complexity. Here we discuss how network analyses can be a powerful tool to progress AG-BG research, link across scales from individual to community and ecosystem, visualize community interactions between the two (AG and BG) subsystems, and develop testable hypotheses.

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