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DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2018.10.013
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Title (Primary) The future of complementarity: Disentangling causes from consequences
Author Barry, K.E.; Mommer, L.; van Ruijven, J.; Wirth, C.; Wright, A.J.; Bai, Y.; Connolly, J.; De Deyn, G.B.; de Kroon, H.; Isbell, F.; Milcu, A.; Roscher, C.; Scherer-Lorenzen, M.; Schmid, B.; Weigelt, A.
Source Titel Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Year 2019
Department iDiv; PHYDIV
Volume 34
Issue 2
Page From 167
Page To 180
Language englisch
Keywords Complementarity; Ecosystem functioning; Resource partitioning; Abiotic facilitation; Biotic feedbacks; Biodiversity; Resource tracers; Plant-soil feedback; Stress amelioration; Complementarity effect
Abstract Evidence suggests that biodiversity supports ecosystem functioning. Yet, the mechanisms driving this relationship remain unclear. Complementarity is one common explanation for these positive biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Yet, complementarity is often indirectly quantified as overperformance in mixture relative to monoculture (e.g., ‘complementarity effect’). This overperformance is then attributed to the intuitive idea of complementarity or, more specifically, to species resource partitioning. Locally, however, several unassociated causes may drive this overperformance. Here, we differentiate complementarity into three types of species differences that may cause enhanced ecosystem functioning in more diverse ecosystems: (i) resource partitioning, (ii) abiotic facilitation, and (iii) biotic feedbacks. We argue that disentangling these three causes is crucial for predicting the response of ecosystems to future biodiversity loss.
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Barry, K.E., Mommer, L., van Ruijven, J., Wirth, C., Wright, A.J., Bai, Y., Connolly, J., De Deyn, G.B., de Kroon, H., Isbell, F., Milcu, A., Roscher, C., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schmid, B., Weigelt, A. (2019):
The future of complementarity: Disentangling causes from consequences
Trends Ecol. Evol. 34 (2), 167 - 180 10.1016/j.tree.2018.10.013