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Title: Jack-of-all-trades effects drive biodiversity–ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests
Author(s): van, der Plas Fons
Manning, Pete
Allan, Eric
Scherer-Lorenzen, Michael
Verheyen, Kris
Wirth, Christian
Zavala, Miguel A
Hector, Andy
Ampoorter, Evy
Baeten, Lander
Barbaro, Luc
Bauhus, Jurgen
Benavides, Raquel
Bussotti, Filippo
Joly, Francois-Xavier
Issue Date: 24-Mar-2016
Citation: van der Plas F, Manning P, Allan E, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Verheyen K, Wirth C, Zavala MA, Hector A, Ampoorter E, Baeten L, Barbaro L, Bauhus J, Benavides R, Bussotti F & Joly F (2016) Jack-of-all-trades effects drive biodiversity–ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests, Nature Communications, 7, Art. No.: 11109.
Abstract: There is considerable evidence that biodiversity promotes multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality), thus ensuring the delivery of ecosystem services important for human well-being. However, the mechanisms underlying this relationship are poorly understood, especially in natural ecosystems. We develop a novel approach to partition biodiversity effects on multifunctionality into three mechanisms and apply this to European forest data. We show that throughout Europe, tree diversity is positively related with multifunctionality when moderate levels of functioning are required, but negatively when very high function levels are desired. For two well-known mechanisms, ‘complementarity’ and ‘selection’, we detect only minor effects on multifunctionality. Instead a third, so far overlooked mechanism, the ‘jack-of-all-trades’ effect, caused by the averaging of individual species effects on function, drives observed patterns. Simulations demonstrate that jack-of-all-trades effects occur whenever species effects on different functions are not perfectly correlated, meaning they may contribute to diversity–multifunctionality relationships in many of the world’s ecosystems.
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11109
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Notes: Additional co-authors: Monique Carnol, Bastien Castagneyrol, Yohan Charbonnier, David Coomes, Andrea Coppi, Cristina C. Bastias, Seid Muhie Dawud, Hans De Wandeler, Timo Domisch, Leena Finer, Arthur Gessler, Andre Granier, Charlotte Grossiord, Virginie Guyot, Stephan Hattenschwiler, Herve Jactel, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Tommaso Jucker, Julia Koricheva, Harriet Milligan, Sandra Muller, Bart Muys, Diem Nguyen, Martina Pollastrini, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen, Federico Selvi, Jan Stenlid, Fernando Valladares, Lars Vesterdal, Dawid Zielınski & Markus Fischer

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