#Plants #Soil biology & Element cycling #2008 – 2011
ClimateChange (Contributing project)
The role of biodiversity in controlling biogeochemical processes under experimental climate change in grassland and forest systems
- Climate change will reduce litter decomposition and mineralisation rates, both directly through changes in environmental factors, and indirectly through changes in species composition with increasing dominance of drought-tolerant species sharing traits that negatively affect decomposition processes.
- Reduced litter decomposition and mineralization rates negatively affect nitrogen availability in soil, but increase carbon-sequestration.
- Resistance against these climate change effects will be higher in diverse plant communities than in species-poor communities.
No consistent effect of plant species richness on resistance to simulated climate change for above- or below-ground processes in managed grasslands
Dormann C. F., von Riedmatten L., Scherer-Lorenzen M. (2017): No consistent effect of plant species richness on resistance to simulated climate change for above- or below-ground processes in managed grasslands. BMC Ecology 17(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12898-017-0133-0
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