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Gewählte Publikation:

Mori, AS; Isbell, F; Seidl, R.
(2018): beta-Diversity, Community Assembly, and Ecosystem Functioning
TRENDS ECOL EVOL. 2018; 33(7): 549-564. FullText FullText_BOKU

Evidence is increasing for positive effects of alpha-diversity on ecosystem functioning. We highlight here the crucial role of beta-diversity - a hitherto underexplored facet of biodiversity - for a better process-level understanding of biodiversity change and its consequences for ecosystems. A focus on beta-diversity has the potential to improve predictions of natural and anthropogenic influences on diversity and ecosystem functioning. However, linking the causes and consequences of biodiversity change is complex because species assemblages in nature are shaped by many factors simultaneously, including disturbance, environmental heterogeneity, deterministic niche factors, and stochasticity. Because variability and change are ubiquitous in ecosystems, acknowledging these inherent properties of nature is an essential step for further advancing scientific knowledge of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning in theory and practice.
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