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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 Venjakob et al. in Plant Biology: Variation in nectar quality across 34 grassland plant species October 13, 2021 12:23pm - Floral nectar is considered the most important floral reward for attracting pollinators. It contains large…
New publication from Prommer et al. in Global Change Biology: Increased microbial growth, biomass, and turnover drive soil organic carbon accumulation at higher plant diversity October 13, 2021 12:09pm - Species‐rich plant communities have been shown to be more productive and to exhibit increased long‐term…
New publication from Schmid et al. in Journal of Ecology: Effects of plant community history, soil legacy and plant diversity on soil microbial communities October 9, 2021 12:22pm - Plant and soil microbial diversities are linked through a range of interactions, including the exchange…
New publication from Oelmann et al. in Nature Communications: Above- and belowground biodiversity jointly tighten the P cycle in agricultural grasslands July 22, 2021 8:09am - Experiments showed that biodiversity increases grassland productivity and nutrient exploitation, potentially reducing fertiliser needs. Enhancing…
New publication from Dietrich et al. in Oecologia: Effects of plant species diversity on nematode community composition and diversity in a long-term biodiversity experiment June 7, 2021 12:56pm - Diversity loss has been shown to change the soil community; however, little is known about…
New publication from Roeder et al. in Journal of Ecology: Plant diversity effects on plant longevity and their relationships to population stability in experimental grasslands May 25, 2021 7:01am - Identifying to what degree inherent characteristics of plant species and their variation in response to…

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