Data for: Plant diversity effects on herbivory are related to soil biodiversity and plant chemistry

Christian Ristok, Alexander Weinhold, Marcel Ciobanu, Yvonne Poeschl, Christiane Roscher, Fredd Vergara, Nico Eisenhauer & Nicole Van Dam
Insect herbivory is a key process in ecosystem functioning. While theory predicts that plant diversity modulates herbivory, the mechanistic links remain unclear. We postulated that the plant metabolome mechanistically links plant diversity and herbivory. In late summer and in spring, we assessed individual plant aboveground herbivory rates and metabolomes of seven plant species in experimental plant communities varying in plant species diversity and resource acquisition strategies. In the same communities, we also measured plant individual...
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