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The Jena Experiment is a DFG-funded Research Unit (FOR 5000) that builds on a long history of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) research (FOR 456; FOR 1451). Despite broad consensus of the positive BEF relationship, the underlying ecological and evolutionary mechanisms have not been well understood. The Jena Experiment aims at filling this gap of knowledge by applying novel experimental and analytical approaches in one of the longest-running biodiversity experiments in the world (running since 2002). The central aim of the Research Unit is to uncover the mechanisms that determine BEF relationships in the short- and in the long-term.

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New publication from Ding et al. in Soil Biology and Biochemistry: Characteristics and origin of intact polar lipids in soil organic matter November 11, 2020 3:05pm - Unconstrained PCA based on the fractional abundances of intact polar lipid classes Membrane lipids and…
New publication from Barnes et al. in Science Advances: Biodiversity enhances the multitrophic control of arthropod herbivory November 10, 2020 8:29am - Arthropod herbivores cause substantial economic costs that drive an increasing need to develop environmentally sustainable…
New publication from van der Plas et al. in Nature Ecology & Evolution: Plant traits alone are poor predictors of ecosystem properties and long-term ecosystem functioning October 8, 2020 8:29am - Earth is home to over 350,000 vascular plant species that differ in their traits in innumerable…
New publication from van Moorsel et al. in Ecology: Co‐occurrence history increases ecosystem stability and resilience in experimental plant communities October 8, 2020 8:11am - Understanding factors that maintain ecosystem stability is critical in the face of environmental change. Experiments…
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New publication from Jochum et al. in Nature Ecology & Evolution: The results of biodiversity–ecosystem functioning experiments are realistic August 25, 2020 3:35pm - A large body of research shows that biodiversity loss can reduce ecosystem functioning. However, much…

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