Biodiversity effects on soil processes explained by interspecific functional dissimilarity

D.A. Heemsbergen, M.P. Berg, M. Loreau, J.R. van Hal, J.H. Faber, H.A. Verhoef

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1020
JournalScience
Volume306
Issue number5698
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Heemsbergen, D. A., Berg, M. P., Loreau, M., van Hal, J. R., Faber, J. H., & Verhoef, H. A. (2004). Biodiversity effects on soil processes explained by interspecific functional dissimilarity. Science, 306(5698), 1019-1020. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1101865
Heemsbergen, D.A. ; Berg, M.P. ; Loreau, M. ; van Hal, J.R. ; Faber, J.H. ; Verhoef, H.A. / Biodiversity effects on soil processes explained by interspecific functional dissimilarity. In: Science. 2004 ; Vol. 306, No. 5698. pp. 1019-1020.
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In: Science, Vol. 306, No. 5698, 2004, p. 1019-1020.

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