Research report 2009 - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Experimental biodiversity research – The "Jena Experiment"
Christiane Roscher, Gerd Gleixner, Ernst-Detlef Schulze
SummaryThe increasing loss of global biodiversity has generated concern about the consequences for ecosystem functioning. The relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem processes are investigated in the “Jena Experiment”, a large biodiversity experiment with grassland species. A central issue of this research is to contribute to a mechanistic understanding of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, for which the analyses of species functional characteristics is a substantial prerequisite.