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Biodiversity–ecosystem functioning research in Chinese subtropical forests


Ma, Keping; He, Jin-Sheng; Bruelheide, Helge; Klein, Alexandra-Maria; Liu, Xiaojuan; Schmid, Bernhard (2017). Biodiversity–ecosystem functioning research in Chinese subtropical forests. Journal of Plant Ecology, 10(1):1-3.

Abstract

Worldwide, forests provide habitat for a large diversity of plants, animals and microbes. At the same time, forest ecosystems are essential providers of multiple ecosystem services important for human well-being. However, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has only been little researched in forests and therefore its role for the functioning of forest ecosystems and their services is not yet understood. If results from comparable studies in other ecosystems are considered (e.g. Balvanera et al. 2006), it is conceivable that diverse forests would, for example, grow faster, produce more biomass, store more carbon and better maintain soil fertility and plant–insect interactions and functional stability than less diverse forests or monoculture tree plantations. The hypothesis...

Abstract

Worldwide, forests provide habitat for a large diversity of plants, animals and microbes. At the same time, forest ecosystems are essential providers of multiple ecosystem services important for human well-being. However, the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has only been little researched in forests and therefore its role for the functioning of forest ecosystems and their services is not yet understood. If results from comparable studies in other ecosystems are considered (e.g. Balvanera et al. 2006), it is conceivable that diverse forests would, for example, grow faster, produce more biomass, store more carbon and better maintain soil fertility and plant–insect interactions and functional stability than less diverse forests or monoculture tree plantations. The hypothesis...

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:18 Jan 2018 14:47
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:22
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1752-9921
OA Status:Green
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtw129
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