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The functioning of European grassland ecosystems : potential benefits of biodiversity to agriculture

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Minns, A. ; Finn, J. ; Hector, A. ; Caldeira, M. C. ; Joshi, J. ; Schmid, Bernhard ; Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael ; Spehn, E. M. ; Troumbis, A. Y. ; Palmborg, Cecilia ; Beierkuhnlein, Carl ; Jumpponen, A. ; Huss-Danell, K. ; Dimitrakopoulos, P. G. ; Loreau, M. ; Mulder, C. P. H. ; O'Donovan, G. ; Pereira, J. S. ; Schulze, Ernst-Detlef ; Woodward, F. I. ; Terry, A. C.:
The functioning of European grassland ecosystems : potential benefits of biodiversity to agriculture.
In: Outlook on Agriculture. Vol. 30 (2001) Issue 3 . - pp. 179-185.
ISSN 0030-7270
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5367/000000001101293634

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About half the farmland of Europe is grassland pasture or hay meadow, and much is impoverished in plant species due to the addition of fertilizers and pesticides, agricultural re-sowing, habitat fragmentation, land abandonment and changes in grazing and mowing regimes. Given this widespread reduction, it is important to understand the effect that loss of biodiversity is having upon our wider environment. Here the authors summarize the main results from the BIODEPTH project, the first multinational, large-scale experiment to examine directly the relationship between plant diversity and the processes that determine the functioning of ecosystems. The results suggest that preserving and restoring grassland diversity may be beneficial to maintaining desirable levels of several ecosystem processes, and may therefore have applications in land management and agriculture.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER14918
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Chair Biogeography > Chair Biogeography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 11:58
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 06:59
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/10962