Multidimensional change of biodiversity and ecosystem functions

Guiyao Zhou, Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, Shengen Liu, Hang-Wei Hu, Ji-Zheng He, Xinxin Wang, Zheng Jiang, Xuhui Zhou, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Mediterranean forests are one of the most important global hotspots of biodiversity, and are critical for supporting ecosystem function and climate change mitigation. Over the past decades, these forests … Continue reading Multidimensional change of biodiversity and ecosystem functions

Where does organic matter go once it reaches the soil?

Carlos Lozano Fondón, Marco Scotti, Michele Innangi, Cristina Bondavalli, Anna De Marco, Amalia Virzo De Santo, Antonietta Fioretto, Cristina Menta, Antoni Bodini This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Soils host a great variety of organisms that eat each other so that multiple feeding relationships arise through which organic matter is being processed. The transformation … Continue reading Where does organic matter go once it reaches the soil?

Functional traits of a widespread plant species fingerprint ecosystem productivity

Shalik Ram Sigdel, Eryuan Liang,Maan Bahadur Rokaya, Samresh Rai, Nita Dyola, Jian Sun, Lin Zhang, Haifeng Zhu, Nakul Chettri, Ram Prasad Chaudhary, J. Julio Camarero, Josep Peñuelas This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Variation in intraspecific traits and its link to ecosystem functioning are key topics in ecology. Elevational gradients with diverse biotic and … Continue reading Functional traits of a widespread plant species fingerprint ecosystem productivity

How do soil bacterial and fungal communities affect soil multifunctionality in grasslands?

Linna Ma, Chaoxue Zhang, Xiaofeng Xu, Congwen Wang, Guofang Liu, Cunzhu Liang, Xiaoan Zuo, Chengjie Wang, Yixia Lv, Renzhong Wang This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. The worldwide loss of biodiversity is an increasingly challenge for sustaining ecosystem functions and services. Biodiversity is a complex term that involves numerous of metrics, majorly including species … Continue reading How do soil bacterial and fungal communities affect soil multifunctionality in grasslands?

Biocrusts reduce response of microbial C decomposition to increasing temperature compared with bare soil in dryland

Gang Huang, Yan-gui Su*, Guo-peng Wu, Zheng-yi Huang, Si-nuo Lin, Hao Cheng This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Biocrusts are universal in drylands and are found on the soil surface and in the top few millimeters to centimeters of soil. They are composed of cyanobacteria, lichens, mosses, and algae in different proportions and can … Continue reading Biocrusts reduce response of microbial C decomposition to increasing temperature compared with bare soil in dryland

Soil carbon is related to tree growth strategy in naturally regenerating tropical forests

Abby Wallwork, Lindsay F. Banin, Daisy H. Dent, Ute Skiba, Emma Sayer This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Forests which are left to naturally regenerate following human disturbance now make up over half of all remaining tropical forest and are increasingly important for their role in the global carbon budget. During forest regrowth, carbon … Continue reading Soil carbon is related to tree growth strategy in naturally regenerating tropical forests

What will happen to early vegetation growth at different stages as plant litter increases?

Xiaoyue Zhang, Xiangyin Ni, Petr Heděnec, Kai Yue, Xinyu Wei, Jing Yang, Fuzhong Wu This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Vegetation regeneration is a complex process, involving many stages from seeds and seedlings to plant establishment and development. As the first thing the seed contacts on the soil floor, litter could provide nutrients and … Continue reading What will happen to early vegetation growth at different stages as plant litter increases?

Specific impact of mesozooplankton feeding strategies on carbon flows

Blanche Saint-Béat, Gérald Darnis, Maxime Leclerc, Marcel Babin, Frederic Maps This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Through their feeding interactions, Arctic marine organisms regulate the transfer of carbon produced during the short summer season and drive the functioning of Arctic marine ecosystems. Mesozooplankton—small animals drifting in oceanic currents—form a crucial hub of matter and … Continue reading Specific impact of mesozooplankton feeding strategies on carbon flows

What happens to coral colonies after death? Exploring erosion of dead coral colonies

Juliano Morais, Renato Morais, Sterling B. Tebbett, David R. Bellwood This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. One of the main things people may have heard about corals in recent years is that they are dying due to coral bleaching events. Coral bleaching occurs when corals are exposed to high water temperatures for too long. … Continue reading What happens to coral colonies after death? Exploring erosion of dead coral colonies

Soil nitrogen supply capacity of different plateau grasslands 

Shuya Hu, Changhui Wang, Anita C Risch, Yuan Liu, Yang Li, Lei Li, Xiaohui Xu, Nianpeng He, Xingguo Han, Jianhui Huang This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Soil nitrogen (N) supply capacity is a key biogeochemical process influencing plant available N and net primary productivity (NPP) in terrestrial ecosystems. However, the spatial variations and … Continue reading Soil nitrogen supply capacity of different plateau grasslands