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Reintroducing Environmental Change Drivers in Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning Research

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  • Frederik De Laender
  • Jason R Rohr
  • Roman Ashauer
  • Donald J Baird
  • Uta Berger
  • Nico Eisenhauer
  • Volker Grimm
  • Udo Hommen
  • Lorraine Maltby
  • Carlos J Meliàn
  • Francesco Pomati
  • Ivo Roessink
  • Viktoriia Radchuk
  • Paul J Van den Brink


Publication details

JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
DateE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2016
DatePublished (current) - 1 Dec 2016
Issue number12
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)905–915
Early online date11/10/16
Original languageEnglish


For the past 20 years, research on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (B-EF) has only implicitly considered the underlying role of environmental change. We illustrate that explicitly reintroducing environmental change drivers in B-EF research is needed to predict the functioning of ecosystems facing changes in biodiversity. Next we show how this reintroduction improves experimental control over community composition and structure, which helps to provide mechanistic insight on how multiple aspects of biodiversity relate to function and how biodiversity and function relate in food webs. We also highlight challenges for the proposed reintroduction and suggest analyses and experiments to better understand how random biodiversity changes, as studied by classic approaches in B-EF research, contribute to the shifts in function that follow environmental change.

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