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Record number 333995
Title Biodiversity effects on soil processes explained by interspecific functional dissimilarity
Author(s) Heemsbergen, D.A.; Berg, M.P.; Loreau, M.; Hal, J.R. van; Faber, J.H.; Verhoef, H.A.
Source Science 306 (2004)5698. - ISSN 0036-8075 - p. 1019 - 1020.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1101865
Department(s) Alterra - Centre for Water and Climate
Centre for Ecosystem Studies
Wageningen Environmental Research
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2004
Abstract The loss of biodiversity can have significant impacts on ecosystem functioning, but the mechanisms involved lack empirical confirmation. Using soil microcosms, we show experimentally that functional dissimilarity among detritivorous species, not species number, drives community compositional effects on leaf litter mass loss and soil respiration, two key soil ecosystem processes. These experiments confirm theoretical predictions that biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning can be predicted by the degree of functional differences among species.
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