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Plant diversity surpasses plant functional groups and plant productivity as driver of soil biota in the long term

by Nico Eisenhauer, Alexandru Milcu, Alexander C W Sabais, Holger Bessler, Johanna Brenner, Christof Engels, Bernhard Klarner, Mark Maraun, Stephan Partsch, Christiane Roscher, Felix Schonert, Vicky M. Temperton, Karolin Thomisch, Alexandra Weigelt, Wolfgang W. Weisser, Stefan Scheu show all authors
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One of the most significant consequences of contemporary global change is the rapid decline of biodiversity in many ecosystems. Knowledge of the consequences of biodiversity loss in terrestrial ecosystems is largely restricted to single ecosystem functions. Impacts of key plant functional groups on soil biota are considered to be more important than those of plant diversity; however, current knowledge mainly relies on short-term experiments.

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