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DOI 10.1038/s41467-020-17688-2
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Title (Primary) Blind spots in global soil biodiversity and ecosystem function research
Author Guerra, C.A.; Heintz-Buschart, A.; Sikorski, J.; Chatzinotas, A.; Guerrero-Ramírez, N.; Cesarz, S.; Beaumelle, L.; Rillig, M.C.; Maestre, F.T.; Delgado-Baquerizo, M.; Buscot, F.; Overmann, J.; Patoine, G.; Phillips, H.R.P.; Winter, M.; Wubet, T. ORCID logo ; Küsel, K.; Bardgett, R.D.; Cameron, E.K.; Cowan, D.; Grebenc, T.; Marín, C.; Orgiazzi, A.; Singh, B.K.; Wall, D.H.; Eisenhauer, N.
Source Titel Nature Communications
Year 2020
Department BZF; UMB; BOOEK; iDiv
Volume 11
Issue 1
Page From art. 3870
Language englisch
Keywords Biogeochemistry; Biogeography; Macroecology; Research data
Abstract Soils harbor a substantial fraction of the world’s biodiversity, contributing to many crucial ecosystem functions. It is thus essential to identify general macroecological patterns related to the distribution and functioning of soil organisms to support their conservation and consideration by governance. These macroecological analyses need to represent the diversity of environmental conditions that can be found worldwide. Here we identify and characterize existing environmental gaps in soil taxa and ecosystem functioning data across soil macroecological studies and 17,186 sampling sites across the globe. These data gaps include important spatial, environmental, taxonomic, and functional gaps, and an almost complete absence of temporally explicit data. We also identify the limitations of soil macroecological studies to explore general patterns in soil biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, with only 0.3% of all sampling sites having both information about biodiversity and function, although with different taxonomic groups and functions at each site. Based on this information, we provide clear priorities to support and expand soil macroecological research.
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Guerra, C.A., Heintz-Buschart, A., Sikorski, J., Chatzinotas, A., Guerrero-Ramírez, N., Cesarz, S., Beaumelle, L., Rillig, M.C., Maestre, F.T., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Buscot, F., Overmann, J., Patoine, G., Phillips, H.R.P., Winter, M., Wubet, T., Küsel, K., Bardgett, R.D., Cameron, E.K., Cowan, D., Grebenc, T., Marín, C., Orgiazzi, A., Singh, B.K., Wall, D.H., Eisenhauer, N. (2020):
Blind spots in global soil biodiversity and ecosystem function research
Nat. Commun. 11 (1), art. 3870 10.1038/s41467-020-17688-2