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How anthropogenic shifts in plant community composition alter soil food webs.

Kardol, Paul and De Long, Jonathan R. (2018). How anthropogenic shifts in plant community composition alter soil food webs. F1000Research. 7 , 1-12
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There are great concerns about the impacts of soil biodiversity loss on ecosystem functions and services such as nutrient cycling, food production, and carbon storage. A diverse community of soil organisms that together comprise a complex food web mediates such ecosystem functions and services. Recent advances have shed light on the key drivers of soil food web structure, but a conceptual integration is lacking. Here, we explore how human-induced changes in plant community composition influence soil food webs. We present a framework describing the mechanistic underpinnings of how shifts in plant litter and root traits and microclimatic variables impact on the diversity, structure, and function of the soil food web. We then illustrate our framework by discussing how shifts in plant communities resulting from land-use change, climatic change, and species invasions affect soil food web structure and functioning. We argue that unravelling the mechanistic links between plant community trait composition and soil food webs is essential to understanding the cascading effects of anthropogenic shifts in plant communities on ecosystem functions and services.

Authors/Creators:Kardol, Paul and De Long, Jonathan R.
Title:How anthropogenic shifts in plant community composition alter soil food webs.
Series Name/Journal:F1000Research
Year of publishing :2018
Page range:1-12
Number of Pages:12
Publisher:F1000 Research Ltd.
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Soil Science
Keywords:anthropogenic, soil, biodiversity
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ID Code:17287
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
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Deposited On:19 Aug 2020 12:16
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