Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems. / Guerrero-Ramirez, N. R. ; Craven, D.; Reich, P.B.; Ewel, J. J.; Isbell, F.; Koricheva, Julia; Parrotta, J. A.; Auge, H.; Erickson, H. E.; Forrester, D. I.; Hector, A.; Joshi, J. ; Montagnini, F.; Palmborg, C.; Piotto, D. ; Potvin, C.; Roscher, C.; van Ruijven, R. ; Tilman, D.; Wilsey, B.; Eisenhauer, N.

In: Nature Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 1, 02.10.2017, p. 1639–1642.

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  • N. R. Guerrero-Ramirez
  • D. Craven
  • P.B. Reich
  • J. J. Ewel
  • F. Isbell
  • J. A. Parrotta
  • H. Auge
  • H. E. Erickson
  • D. I. Forrester
  • A. Hector
  • J. Joshi
  • F. Montagnini
  • C. Palmborg
  • D. Piotto
  • C. Potvin
  • C. Roscher
  • R. van Ruijven
  • D. Tilman
  • B. Wilsey
  • N. Eisenhauer


The effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning generally increase over time, but the underlying processes remain unclear. Using 26 long-term grassland and forest experimental ecosystems, we demonstrate that biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships strengthen mainly by greater increases in functioning in high-diversity communities in grasslands and forests. In grasslands, biodiversity effects also strengthen due to decreases in functioning in low-diversity communities. Contrasting trends across grasslands are associated with differences in soil characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639–1642
Number of pages4
JournalNature Ecology & Evolution
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017
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