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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Trophic complexity enhances ecosystem functioning in an aquatic detritus-based model system

Jabiol, Jérémy; Mckie, Brendan; Bruder, Andreas; Bernadet, Caroline; Gessner, Mark O.; Chauvet, Eric


4. Our results thus highlight the importance of interactive effects of simultaneous species loss within multiple trophic levels on ecosystem functioning. If a common phenomenon, this outcome suggests that functional ecosystem impairment resulting from widespread biodiversity loss could be more severe than inferred from previous experiments confined to varying diversity within single trophic levels.


aquatic hyphomycetes; biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; detritivores; fungi; litter decomposition; shredders; stream; trophic cascade

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Journal of Animal Ecology
2013, Volume: 82, number: 5, pages: 1042-1051

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