Meta-analysis shows positive effects of plant diversity on microbial biomass and respiration

@article{Chen2019MetaanalysisSP,
  title={Meta-analysis shows positive effects of plant diversity on microbial biomass and respiration},
  author={Chen Chen and Han Y. H. Chen and Xinli Chen and Zhiqun Huang},
  journal={Nature Communications},
  year={2019},
  volume={10}
}
Soil microorganisms are key to biological diversity and many ecosystem processes in terrestrial ecosystems. Despite the current alarming loss of plant diversity, it is unclear how plant species diversity affects soil microorganisms. By conducting a global meta-analysis with paired observations of plant mixtures and monocultures from 106 studies, we show that microbial biomass, bacterial biomass, fungal biomass, fungi:bacteria ratio, and microbial respiration increase, while Gram-positive to… 
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