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Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota.

Wardle, David A. and Bardgett, Richard D. and Klironomos, John N. and Setälä, Heikki and Van der Puten, Wim H. and Wall, Diana H. (2004) Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota. Science, 304 (5677). pp. 1629-1633. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

All terrestrial ecosystems consist of aboveground and belowground components that interact to influence community- and ecosystem-level processes and properties. Here we show how these components are closely interlinked at the community level, reinforced by a greater degree of specificity between plants and soil organisms than has been previously supposed. As such, aboveground and belowground communities can be powerful mutual drivers, with both positive and negative feedbacks. A combined aboveground-belowground approach to community and ecosystem ecology is enhancing our understanding of the regulation and functional significance of biodiversity and of the environmental impacts of human-induced global change phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Science
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 10263
Deposited By: Prof Richard Bardgett
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2008 16:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 10:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10263

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