The Biodiversity–Ecosystem Functioning Experiment China (BEF-China) platform has been jointly set up by Chinese, German and Swiss researchers since 2008. BEF-China aims at explaining effects of species loss on ecosystem variables and at deciphering the underlying processes. A wide range of scientists contribute to the BEF-China projects , involving groups focusing on multiple diversity dimensions, multiple ecosystem components and multiple ecosystem functions. The dimensions of biodiversity include species diversity, functional diversity and genetic diversity; the components of ecosystems include plants, animals and microorganisms; and the functions of ecosystems include productivity, nutrient cycling, decomposition, multi-trophic interactions, resistance to soil erosion and other stress-resistance abilities.
Species richness, functional traits and climate interactively affect tree survival in a large forest biodiversity experiment
Tree survival affects forest biodiversity, structure and functioning. However, little is known about feedback effects of biodiversity...
Effects of enemy exclusion on biodiversity–productivity relationships in a subtropical forest experiment
Interspecific niche complementarity is a key mechanism posited to explain positive species richness–productivity relationships in pla...
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