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Maintenance of species diversity and the stability of ecosystem functioning

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Project "BioFUNC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-15   to  2018-07-12


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 Project objective

Current rates of biodiversity loss threaten the delivery of a range ecosystem services critical to human welfare. To maintain ecosystem multifunctionality there is a broad consensus that biodiversity must be conserved or restored, but a key aspect of this, which is still poorly recognized, is that ecosystem services can only persist over space and time if ecological communities are stable (i.e. species within communities do not go locally extinct). However, the mechanistic connections between the maintenance of species diversity and the stability of multiple ecosystem functions have yet to be established. Such ecological knowledge is basic to understanding the social and economic benefits of management actions on biodiversity. BioFUNC aims to investigate the effects of the mechanisms maintaining species diversity (niche and fitness differences) on the stability of multiple ecosystem functions. To accomplish this we aim to take a multidisciplinary approach by combining recent advances in ecological theory with plant population models and observational and field experiments, along with structural equation modelling and meta-analytical techniques. Two lines of related research will be pursued: 1) an investigation of the effects of species traits on species coexistence in spatially and temporally variable environments, and 2) an investigation of the effects of species coexistence mechanisms on the stability of ecosystem functioning in space and time. BioFUNC is a collaborative project between IRNAS-CSIC (Spain, beneficiary) and IPS-University of Bern (Switzerland, partner), which foresees three key results. First, developing a toolbox for predicting when ecosystems services are transient or stable. Second, disentangling direct and indirect effects of climate, soil and species traits on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Third, predicting the sign and magnitude of a change in multiple ecosystem functions due to the loss of diversity or changes in species composition


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Alejandro Jiménez-Chacón, Pablo Homet, Luis Matías, Lorena Gómez-Aparicio, Oscar Godoy
Fine Scale Determinants of Soil Litter Fauna on a Mediterranean Mixed Oak Forest Invaded by the Exotic Soil-Borne Pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi
published pages: 218, ISSN: 1999-4907, DOI: 10.3390/f9040218
Forests 9/4 2019-07-25
2018 Luis Matías, Oscar Godoy, Lorena Gómez-Aparicio, Ignacio M. Pérez-Ramos
An experimental extreme drought reduces the likelihood of species to coexist despite increasing intransitivity in competitive networks
published pages: 826-837, ISSN: 0022-0477, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12962
Journal of Ecology 106/3 2019-07-25
2018 Ana Sofia Vaz, Pilar Castro-Díez, Oscar Godoy, Álvaro Alonso, Montserrat Vilà, Asunción Saldaña, Hélia Marchante, Álvaro Bayón, Joaquim S. Silva, Joana R. Vicente, João P. Honrado
An indicator-based approach to analyse the effects of non-native tree species on multiple cultural ecosystem services
published pages: 48-56, ISSN: 1470-160X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.009
Ecological Indicators 85 2019-07-25
2018 Ignasi Bartomeus, Oscar Godoy
Biotic controls of plant coexistence
published pages: 1767-1772, ISSN: 0022-0477, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13040
Journal of Ecology 106/5 2019-07-25
2018 Oscar Godoy, Ignasi Bartomeus, Rudolf P. Rohr, Serguei Saavedra
Towards the Integration of Niche and Network Theories
published pages: 287-300, ISSN: 0169-5347, DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.01.007
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33/4 2019-07-25
2018 William K. Petry, Gaurav S. Kandlikar, Nathan J. B. Kraft, Oscar Godoy, Jonathan M. Levine
A competition-defence trade-off both promotes and weakens coexistence in an annual plant community
published pages: 1806-1818, ISSN: 0022-0477, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13028
Journal of Ecology 106/5 2019-07-25
2018 Jose B. Lanuza, Ignasi Bartomeus, Oscar Godoy
Opposing effects of floral visitors and soil conditions on the determinants of competitive outcomes maintain species diversity in heterogeneous landscapes
published pages: 865-874, ISSN: 1461-023X, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12954
Ecology Letters 21/6 2019-07-25
2017 Godoy, Óscar
How biodiversity is maintained and why is important for ecosystem functioning?
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