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.
Host functional and phylogenetic composition rather than host diversity structure plant-herbivore networks
Plant-herbivore interactions is a key ecological process in ecosystem functioning and is usually altered by global environmental chan...
Genetic richness affects trait variation but not community productivity in a tree diversity experiment
We argue that identifying functional diversity within and among species in forest communities is necessary to separate effects of spe...
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