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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 Mahecha et al. in Nature: Biodiversity loss and climate extremes — study the feedbacks December 1, 2022 3:19pm - As humans warm the planet, biodiversity is plummeting. These two global crises are connected in…
New publication from Ristok et al. in Journal of Ecology: Plant diversity effects on herbivory are related to soil biodiversity and plant chemistry December 1, 2022 2:40pm - Insect herbivory is a key process in ecosystem functioning. While theory predicts that plant diversity…
Jäthelfer (w/m/d) gesucht August 15, 2022 8:52am - [ for English version, please see below ] Bewerbungsfrist: 22.08.2022 Ihr interessiert euch für Pflanzen…
Tag der offenen Tür beim Jena Experiment August 9, 2022 8:59am - Biodiversitätsforschung hautnah erleben Am 17. August lädt das Jena Experiment der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität zum „Tag der…
New publication from Isbell et al. in Front Ecol Environ: Expert perspectives on global biodiversity loss and its drivers and impacts on people August 1, 2022 7:43am - Despite substantial progress in understanding global biodiversity loss, major taxonomic and geographic knowledge gaps remain.…
New publication from Chen et al. in Nature Communications: Drought-exposure history increases complementarity between plant species in response to a subsequent drought June 13, 2022 11:05am - Drought-exposure history increases complementarity between plant species in response to a subsequent drought Growing threats…

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