Decomposer diversity and identity influence plant diversity effects on ecosystem functioning.

@article{Eisenhauer2012DecomposerDA,
  title={Decomposer diversity and identity influence plant diversity effects on ecosystem functioning.},
  author={Nico Eisenhauer and Peter B. Reich and Forest Isbell},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={93 10},
  pages={2227-40}
}
Plant productivity and other ecosystem functions often increase with plant diversity at a local scale. Alongside various plant-centered explanations for this pattern, there is accumulating evidence that multi-trophic interactions shape this relationship. Here, we investigated for the first time if plant diversity effects on ecosystem functioning are mediated or driven by decomposer animal diversity and identity using a double-diversity microcosm experiment. We show that many ecosystem processes… CONTINUE READING
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