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Studies from Chinese Academy of Sciences in the Area of Botany Published
September 13th, 2011
"Loss of functional diversity has been demonstrated to have a variety of impacts on ecosystem functioning. However, most studies have been implemented in artificially assembled communities by removing the original vegetation and seeding with desired species or functional group compositions," scientists writing in the journal Plant and Soil report.
"Such approaches could significantly disturb belowground biomass, especially roots, making it difficult to examine belowground responses to diversity manipulations. To circumvent this issue, plant diversity gradients were established by in situ removal of aboveground biomass of different plant functional groups (PFGs) in a...
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Source: Asia Business Newsweekly (2011-09-13)