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Special Issue "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Naturally and Experimentally Assembled Communities"
A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737). This special issue belongs to the section "Conservation Biology and Biodiversity".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2023) | Viewed by 12773
Special Issue Editors
Interests: biogeochemical element cycling; protist biodiversity; agricultural plant–soil systems; sustainable agriculture; effects of silicon on plants; ecosystem functioning
Interests: biodiversity and ecosystem processes; functional plant ecology; community ecology; biodiversity conservation; conservation policy
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Special Issue Information
Numerous studies have proven that biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) are closely linked. In this context, the interactions between biodiversity and ecosystem functions such as productivity, nutrient cycling, decomposition, and pollination have been in the focus of research. Based on this, we now know that biodiversity usually promotes biomass production and pollination success, for example. However, regarding other BEF relationships, the drawing of general conclusions is hampered by the fact that different studies often show inconsistent results. Thus, for a better understanding of BEF relationships, detailed research on the underlying mechanisms is urgently needed. This knowledge is crucial to harmonize research findings and to craft policies for the conservation of biodiversity, which is severely threatened by global warming and other anthropogenic environmental changes.
We are inviting research articles and reviews dealing with all aspects of BEF relationships in terrestrial and aquatic communities. Papers on theoretical approaches, field and laboratory experiments as well as BEF studies in non-manipulated ecosystems are welcome. The aim of this Special Issue is to substantially deepen our understanding of BEF interactions and how to conserve biodiversity in a changing world.
Dr. Daniel Puppe
Prof. Dr. Panayiotis Dimitrakopoulos
Prof. Dr. Baorong Lu
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- abiotic conditions
- biodiversity loss
- biogeochemical element (e.g., carbon, nitrogen, silicon) cycling
- carbon sequestration
- community composition
- environmental heterogeneity
- functional diversity
- functional traits
- genetic diversity
- global change
- herbivore damage
- local species pool
- primary productivity
- realised diversity
- resource partitioning
- selection effect
- species extinction
- species richness