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DOI 10.1098/rstb.2015.0277
Title (Primary) Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought
Author Craven, D.; Isbell, F.; Manning, P.; Connolly, J.; Bruelheide, H.; Ebeling, A.; Roscher, C.; van Ruijven, J.; Weigelt, A.; Wilsey, B.; Beierkuhnlein, C.; De Luca, E.; Griffin, J.N.; Hautier, Y.; Hector, A.; Jentsch, A.; Kreyling, J.; Lanta, V.; Loreau, M.; Meyer, S.T.; Mori, A.S.; Naeem, S.; Palmborg, C.; Wayne Polley, H.; Reich, P.B.; Schmid, B.; Siebenkäs, A. ORCID logo ; Seabloom, E.; Thakur, M.P.; Tilman, D.; Vogel, A.; Eisenhauer, N.
Source Titel Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
Year 2016
Department BZF; iDiv; PHYDIV
Volume 371
Issue 1694
Page From art. 20150277
Language englisch
Keywords plant diversity; global change drivers; resource amendment; resource reduction; soil nutrients; drought
UFZ wide themes RU1
Abstract Global change drivers are rapidly altering resource availability and biodiversity. While there is consensus that greater biodiversity increases the functioning of ecosystems, the extent to which biodiversity buffers ecosystem productivity in response to changes in resource availability remains unclear. We use data from 16 grassland experiments across North America and Europe that manipulated plant species richness and one of two essential resources—soil nutrients or water—to assess the direction and strength of the interaction between plant diversity and resource alteration on above-ground productivity and net biodiversity, complementarity, and selection effects. Despite strong increases in productivity with nutrient addition and decreases in productivity with drought, we found that resource alterations did not alter biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Our results suggest that these relationships are largely determined by increases in complementarity effects along plant species richness gradients. Although nutrient addition reduced complementarity effects at high diversity, this appears to be due to high biomass in monocultures under nutrient enrichment. Our results indicate that diversity and the complementarity of species are important regulators of grassland ecosystem productivity, regardless of changes in other drivers of ecosystem function.
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Craven, D., Isbell, F., Manning, P., Connolly, J., Bruelheide, H., Ebeling, A., Roscher, C., van Ruijven, J., Weigelt, A., Wilsey, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., De Luca, E., Griffin, J.N., Hautier, Y., Hector, A., Jentsch, A., Kreyling, J., Lanta, V., Loreau, M., Meyer, S.T., Mori, A.S., Naeem, S., Palmborg, C., Wayne Polley, H., Reich, P.B., Schmid, B., Siebenkäs, A., Seabloom, E., Thakur, M.P., Tilman, D., Vogel, A., Eisenhauer, N. (2016):
Plant diversity effects on grassland productivity are robust to both nutrient enrichment and drought
Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. 371 (1694), art. 20150277 10.1098/rstb.2015.0277