Biodiversity Effects on Soil Processes Explained by Interspecific Functional Dissimilarity

@article{Heemsbergen2004BiodiversityEO,
  title={Biodiversity Effects on Soil Processes Explained by Interspecific Functional Dissimilarity},
  author={Diane A. Heemsbergen and Matty P. Berg and Michel Loreau and Jurgen R. van Hal and Jack H. Faber and Herman A. Verhoef},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={306},
  pages={1019 - 1020}
}
The loss of biodiversity can have significant impacts on ecosystem functioning, but the mechanisms involved lack empirical confirmation. Using soil microcosms, we show experimentally that functional dissimilarity among detritivorous species, not species number, drives community compositional effects on leaf litter mass loss and soil respiration, two key soil ecosystem processes. These experiments confirm theoretical predictions that biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning can be predicted… 

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