Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on multitrophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment

  title={Bottom-up effects of plant diversity on multitrophic interactions in a biodiversity experiment},
  author={Christoph Scherber and Nico Eisenhauer and Wolfgang W. Weisser and Bernhard Schmid and Winfried Voigt and Markus L. Fischer and Ernst‐Detlef Schulze and Christiane Roscher and Alexandra Weigelt and Eric Allan and Holger Bessler and Michael Bonkowski and Nina Buchmann and François Buscot and Lars W. Clement and Anne Ebeling and Christof Engels and Stefan Halle and Ilona Kertscher and Alexandra‐Maria Klein and Robert Koller and Stephan K{\"o}nig and Esther Kowalski and Volker Kummer and Annely Kuu and Markus Lange and Dirk Lauterbach and Cornelius Middelhoff and Varvara D Migunova and Alexandru Milcu and Ramona M{\"u}ller and Stephan Partsch and Jana S. Petermann and Carsten Renker and Tanja Rottstock and Alexander C. W. Sabais and Stefan Scheu and Jens Schumacher and Vicky M. Temperton and Teja Tscharntke},
Biodiversity is rapidly declining, and this may negatively affect ecosystem processes, including economically important ecosystem services. Previous studies have shown that biodiversity has positive effects on organisms and processes across trophic levels. However, only a few studies have so far incorporated an explicit food-web perspective. In an eight-year biodiversity experiment, we studied an unprecedented range of above- and below-ground organisms and multitrophic interactions. A… 

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