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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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Jäthelfer gesucht July 26, 2021 8:21am - (english version below) Ihr interessiert euch für Pflanzen und arbeitet gerne draußen? Wir brauchen Hilfe…
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…
New publication from Dietrich et al. in Ecology and Evolution: Plant history and soil history jointly influence the selection environment for plant species in a long‐term grassland biodiversity experiment May 12, 2021 12:50pm - Long‐term biodiversity experiments have shown increasing strengths of biodiversity effects on plant productivity over time.…
New publication from Wang et al. in Ecology: Biotic homogenization destabilizes ecosystem functioning by decreasing spatial asynchrony May 3, 2021 6:32am - Our planet is facing significant changes of biodiversity across spatial scales. Although the negative effects…

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