Do biotic interactions modulate ecosystem functioning along stress gradients? Insights from semi-arid plant and biological soil crust communities.

@article{Maestre2010DoBI,
  title={Do biotic interactions modulate ecosystem functioning along stress gradients? Insights from semi-arid plant and biological soil crust communities.},
  author={Fernando T Maestre and Matthew A. Bowker and Cristina Escolar and Mar{\'i}a D. Puche and Santiago Soliveres and Sara Maltez-Mouro and Pablo Garc{\'i}a-Palacios and Andrea P. Castillo-Monroy and Isabel Jerez Mart{\'i}nez and Adri{\'a}n Escudero},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={365 1549},
  pages={2057-70}
}
Climate change will exacerbate the degree of abiotic stress experienced by semi-arid ecosystems. While abiotic stress profoundly affects biotic interactions, their potential role as modulators of ecosystem responses to climate change is largely unknown. Using plants and biological soil crusts, we tested the relative importance of facilitative-competitive interactions and other community attributes (cover, species richness and species evenness) as drivers of ecosystem functioning along stress… CONTINUE READING

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