Win some, lose some: mesocosm communities maintain community productivity despite lower phosphorus availability because of increased species diversity

Eva DeCock, An De Schrijver, Stephanie Schelfhout, Safaa Wasof, Margot Vanhellemont, Iris Moeneclaey, Jan Mertens & Kris Verheyen
Aims The restoration of degraded ecosystems typically focuses on establishing assemblages of target species, but successful recovery should also be evaluated by the ecosystem’s functioning to guarantee long-term persistence. We investigated how the processes underlying community assembly (i.e. species loss, species gain and changes in abundance of resident species) influenced ecosystem functioning in experimental grassland communities in different restoration states. Location A greenhouse experiment in Northern Flanders, Belgium. Methods We set up a mesocosm experiment...
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