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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 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…
New publication from Dietrich et al. in SOIL ORGANISMS: Effects of steam sterilization on soil abiotic and biotic properties August 1, 2020 12:00pm - Abstract: Experiments under natural conditions are becoming increasingly important to investigate the impacts of global…
New publication from Dietrich et al. in Journal of Plant Ecology: Diverse plant mixtures sustain a greater arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi spore viability than monocultures after 12 years June 20, 2020 11:55am - Abstract: Aims Intensive land management practices can compromise soil biodiversity, thus jeopardizing long-term soil productivity.…
New publication from Ebeling et al in Ecology: Contrasting effects of plant diversity on β‐ and γ‐diversity of grassland invertebrates April 1, 2020 12:40pm - Contrasting effects of plant diversity on β‐ and γ‐diversity of grassland invertebrates Abstract: The diversity…

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