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Plants play stronger effects on soil fungal than bacterial communities and co-occurrence network structures in a subtropical tree diversity experiment

Increasing biodiversity loss profoundly affects community structure and ecosystem functioning. Therefore, revealing the mechanisms associated with community assembly and co-occurrence...

In Paper, Jun 01, 2022

Niche partitioning in nitrogen uptake among subtropical tree species enhances biomass production

The relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning has become one of the key topics in ecological studies. Niche partitioning, brought about by a complementary resourc...

In Paper, Mar 07, 2022

Planting new forests with high functional diversity helps improve productivity

As forests age, differences in species functional traits become more important and reliable in predicting forest productivity, according to an international study led by Prof. MA Kepi...

In Paper, Nov 08, 2021

Special issue: Tree Diversity Effects on Ecosystem Functioning

Although the exceptional role of forests for human well-being is undisputed and widely acknowledged (Watson et al. 2018), a global downward trend in the global forest area persists (F...

In news, Sep 04, 2021

Understanding biodiversity in forests

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Botany has led pioneering work on forests biodiversity and the associated nature-based services that support societies.

In news, Sep 01, 2021

Phylogenetic relatedness, functional traits, and spatial scale determine herbivore co‐occurrence in a subtropical forest

Species co-occurrence can examine whether and why two or more species co-exist. However, the understanding of the relevant mechanism remains a challenging. Previous studies have sugge...

In Paper, Aug 10, 2021

Tree species richness differentially affects the chemical composition of leaves, roots and root exudates in four subtropical tree species.

Plants produce thousands of compounds, collectively called the metabolome, which mediate interactions with other organisms. The metabolome of an individual plant may change according ...

In Paper, Aug 09, 2021

Tree diversity and functional leaf traits drive herbivore-associated microbiomes in subtropical China.

Herbivorous insects acquire microorganisms from host plants or soil, but it remains unclear how the diversity and functional composition of host plants contribute to structuring herbi...

In Paper, Aug 08, 2021

What shapes ground beetle assemblages in a tree species-rich subtropical forest?

As woody plants provide much of the trophic basis for food webs in forests their species richness, but also stand age and numerous further variables such as vegetation structure, soil...

In Paper, Aug 07, 2021