Contrasting responses of above- and belowground diversity to multiple components of land-use intensity

Le Provost, Gaëtane; Thiele, Jan; Westphal, Catrin; Penone, Caterina; Allan, Eric; Neyret, Margot; van der Plas, Fons; Ayasse, Manfred; Bardgett, Richard D.; Birkhofer, Klaus; Boch, Steffen; Bonkowski, Michael; Buscot, Francois; Feldhaar, Heike; Gaulton, Rachel; Goldmann, Kezia; Gossner, Martin M.; Klaus, Valentin H.; Kleinebecker, Till; Krauss, Jochen; ... (2021). Contrasting responses of above- and belowground diversity to multiple components of land-use intensity. Nature Communications, 12(1) Springer Nature 10.1038/s41467-021-23931-1

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Land-use intensification is a major driver of biodiversity loss. However, understanding how different components of land use drive biodiversity loss requires the investigation of multiple trophic levels across spatial scales. Using data from 150 agricultural grasslands in central Europe, we assess the influence of multiple components of local- and landscape-level land use on more than 4,000 above- and belowground taxa, spanning 20 trophic groups. Plot-level land-use intensity is strongly and negatively associated with aboveground trophic groups, but positively or not associated with belowground trophic groups. Meanwhile, both above- and belowground trophic groups respond to landscape-level land use, but to different drivers: aboveground diversity of grasslands is promoted by diverse surrounding land-cover, while belowground diversity is positively related to a high permanent forest cover in the surrounding landscape. These results highlight a role of landscape-level land use in shaping belowground communities, and suggest that revised agroecosystem management strategies are needed to conserve whole-ecosystem biodiversity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)
13 Central Units > Administrative Director's Office > Botanical Garden
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Biodiversity

UniBE Contributor:

Penone, Caterina; Allan, Eric; van der Plas, Alfons Leendert Derk; Boch, Steffen; Bolliger, Ralph Frédéric; Fischer, Markus; Prati, Daniel; Schäfer, Deborah and Manning, Peter

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

2041-1723

Publisher:

Springer Nature

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

02 Aug 2021 10:39

Last Modified:

08 Aug 2021 03:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41467-021-23931-1

Uncontrolled Keywords:

biodiversity; community ecology; grassland ecology

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157631

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157631

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