Cover crop roots collected during experiment harvest. 2018. (Nicholas Honvault)

Interactions between belowground traits and rhizosheath fungal and bacterial communities for phosphorus acquisition

Nicolas Honvault, David Houben, Stephane Firmin, Hacene Maglouli, Frederic Laruelle, Joel Fontaine, Anissa Lounes, Arnaud Coutu, Hans Lambers, Michel-Pierre Faucon Phosphorus (P) plays a major role in many ecosystem functions. Understanding and managing ecosystem functioning thus requires gaining insight into P cycling, and especially into the multiple factors involved, such as plant communities, climate, soil properties and soil microbial communities. Interactions between these factors have … Continue reading Interactions between belowground traits and rhizosheath fungal and bacterial communities for phosphorus acquisition

Hybrid interaction network in an olive grove. Spheres with different colours represent species that belong to different groups (e.g., blue for predators, yellow for plants). Lines linking spheres show interactions and the colour of these lines indicate the type of the interaction (e.g., red for pollination and blu for predation).

Agricultural intensification can affect different groups and interaction types in opposite ways

Martínez Núñez, Carlos; Rey, Pedro Understanding how agricultural intensification affects different groups of species and different types of interactions (e.g., pollination and predation) is an interesting challenge, which can also help us to improve management in agricultural landscapes. In this study, we use bee hotels (artificially provided cavities such as reed stems where some bees and wasps nest) to study how pollination and predation vary … Continue reading Agricultural intensification can affect different groups and interaction types in opposite ways