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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 de Souza in FEMS Microbiology Ecology: The effect of successive summer drought periods on bacterial diversity along a plant species richness gradient July 10, 2024 2:24pm - Drought is a major stressor to soil microbial communities, and the intensification of climate change…
New publication from Cheng et al. in Nature Communications: Biodiversity increases resistance of grasslands against plant invasions under multiple environmental changes July 10, 2024 2:08pm - Biodiversity often helps communities resist invasion. However, it is unclear whether this diversity–invasion relationship holds…
Stellenausschreibung/PhD position June 18, 2024 9:26am - -English version below- An der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel ist am Botanischen Institut…
New publication from Eisenhauer et al. in Research Ideas and Outcomes: Plant diversity effects on soil multistability May 30, 2024 9:32am - Soil is the basis for life on Earth as we know it. Healthy and stable…
New publication from Albracht et al. in Biology and Fertility of Soils: Common soil history is more important than plant history for arbuscular mycorrhizal community assembly in an experimental grassland diversity gradient April 11, 2024 2:45pm - The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning strengthens with ecosystem age. However, the interplay between…
New publication from He et al. in Communications Biology: Cumulative nitrogen enrichment alters the drivers of grassland overyielding April 3, 2024 8:05am - Effects of plant diversity on grassland productivity, or overyielding, are found to be robust to…

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