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Terrestrial ecosystem responses to species gains and losses

Wardle, David A. and Bardgett, Richard and Callaway, Ragan and Van der Putten, Wim (2011). Terrestrial ecosystem responses to species gains and losses. Science. 332 , 1273-1277
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1197479


Ecosystems worldwide are losing some species and gaining others, resulting in an interchange of species that is having profound impacts on how these ecosystems function. However, research on the effects of species gains and losses has developed largely independently of one another. Recent conceptual advances regarding effects of species gain have arisen from studies that have unravelled the mechanistic basis of how invading species with novel traits alter biotic interactions and ecosystem processes. In contrast, studies on traits associated with species loss are fewer, and much remains unknown about how traits that predispose species to extinction affect ecological processes. Species gains and losses are both consequences and drivers of global change, thus explicit integration of research on how both processes simultaneously affect ecosystem functioning is key to determining the response of the Earth system to current and future human activities.

Authors/Creators:Wardle, David A. and Bardgett, Richard and Callaway, Ragan and Van der Putten, Wim
Title:Terrestrial ecosystem responses to species gains and losses
Series Name/Journal:Science
Year of publishing :2011
Page range:1273-1277
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:biological invasion, extinction
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ID Code:9443
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
Deposited By: Professor David Wardle
Deposited On:12 Feb 2013 10:41
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:55

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