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Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes
It remains unclear whether biodiversity buffers ecosystems against climate extremes, which are becoming increasingly frequent worldwide. Early results suggested that the ecosystem productivity ofExpand
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Plant Herbivore Interactions at the Forest Edge
An ever-increasing proportion of the global forested landscape is in close proximity to edges and edge effects have been shown to represent key forces affecting both organisms and ecologicalExpand
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Biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in a 15-year grassland experiment: Patterns, mechanisms, and open questions
Abstract In the past two decades, a large number of studies have investigated the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, most of which focussed on a limited set of ecosystemExpand
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Conservation in Brazil needs to include non‐forest ecosystems
In the past decades, Brazil made important progress in the conservation of forest ecosystems. Non-forest ecosystems (NFE), in contrast, have been neglected, even though they cover large parts of theExpand
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Increasing densities of leaf-cutting ants ( Atta spp.) with proximity to the edge in a Brazilian Atlantic forest
Leaf-cutting ants (genera Atta and Acromyrmex) have been denoted key species of American rain-forest ecosystems (Fowler et al . 1989) because of their multifarious effects on the vegetation. BeingExpand
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Plant Diversity Impacts Decomposition and Herbivory via Changes in Aboveground Arthropods
Loss of plant diversity influences essential ecosystem processes as aboveground productivity, and can have cascading effects on the arthropod communities in adjacent trophic levels. However, fewExpand
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Predicting invertebrate herbivory from plant traits: evidence from 51 grassland species in experimental monocultures.
Invertebrate herbivores can impact plant performance and plant communities. Conversely, plants can affect the ability of herbivores to find, choose, and consume them through their functional traits.Expand
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Integrating ecosystem functions into restoration ecology—recent advances and future directions
Including ecosystem functions into restoration ecology has been repeatedly suggested, yet there is limited evidence that this is taking place without bias to certain habitats, species, or functions. Expand
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Persisting Hyper‐abundance of Leaf‐cutting Ants (Atta spp.) at the Edge of an Old Atlantic Forest Fragment
Leaf-cutting ants (LCAs) profoundly benefit from edge creation in Neotropical forests, where they act as a keystone species and disturbance agent. In view of their poorly explored populationExpand
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Ecosystem engineering in fragmented forests: Edge-mediated hyper-abundance of leaf-cutting ants and resulting impacts on forest structure, microclimate and regeneration
Fragmentation of habitats, especially of tropical rainforests, ranks globally among the most pervasive man-made disturbances of ecosystems. There is growing evidence for long-term effects of forestExpand
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