Functionally and phylogenetically diverse plant communities key to soil biota

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serval:BIB_9F0ED800CB8B
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Functionally and phylogenetically diverse plant communities key to soil biota
Journal
Ecology
Author(s)
Milcu A., Allan E., Roscher C., Jenkins T., Meyer S.T., Flynn D., Bessler H., Buscot F., Engels C., Gubsch M., Konig S., Lipowsky A., Loranger J., Renker C., Scherber C., Schmid B., Thebault E., Wubet T., Weisser W.W., Scheu S., Eisenhauer N.
ISSN
0012-9658
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Volume
94
Number
8
Pages
1878-1885
Language
english
Abstract
Recent studies assessing the role of biological diversity for ecosystem functioning indicate that the diversity of functional traits and the evolutionary history of species in a community, not the number of taxonomic units, ultimately drives the biodiversity-ecosystem-function relationship. Here, we simultaneously assessed the importance of plant functional trait and phylogenetic diversity as predictors of major trophic groups of soil biota (abundance and diversity), six years from the onset of a grassland biodiversity experiment. Plant functional and phylogenetic diversity were generally better predictors of soil biota than the traditionally used species or functional group richness. Functional diversity was a reliable predictor for most biota, with the exception of soil microorganisms, which were better predicted by phylogenetic diversity. These results provide empirical support for the idea that the diversity of plant functional traits and the diversity of evolutionary lineages in a community are important for maintaining higher abundances and diversity of soil communities.
Keywords
above-belowground interactions, biodiversity, functional diversity, functional traits, Jena Experiment, phylogenetic diversity, plant species richness, soil fauna
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