Biodiversity

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NOT all species are equal before global warming

News by on January 29, 2021
Our new study indicates that plant diversity initially increases with glacier retreat, but ultimately decreases once glaciers disappear. In other words, glacier retreat favors certain plants, but many species (22% of those analysed) may locally disappear or even go extinct once glaciers are gone. Interesting enough, plant facilitation prevails among pioneer species, whereas competition is more… Read more
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Combined effects of deforestation and biodiversity loss on species coexistence and ecosystem functioning

Research by on September 4, 2020
Human activities are profoundly impacting life on Earth and increasingly threatening the functioning of ecosystems, with severe consequences for human well-being. In particular, recent experimental studies have shown that deforestation and biodiversity loss are disrupting key ecosystem functions on which we rely. Yet, we have a limited understanding of the mechanisms underlying the impact of… Read more Combined effects of deforestation and biodiversity loss on species coexistence and ecosystem functioning