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Project "ECOWORM" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙498˙620 €
 EC max contribution 1˙498˙620 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG DE (LEIPZIG) coordinator 1˙498˙620.00


 Project objective

Earth is experiencing substantial biodiversity losses at the global scale, while both species gains and losses are occurring locally and regionally. Nonrandom changes in species distributions could profoundly influence ecosystem functions and services. However, few experimental tests have examined the influences of invasive ecosystem engineers, which can have disproportionally strong impacts on native ecosystems. Invasive earthworms are a prime example of ecosystem engineers that influence many ecosystems around the world. In particular, European earthworms invading northern North American forests may cause simultaneous species gains and losses with significant consequences for essential ecosystem processes like nutrient cycling and crucial services like carbon sequestration. Using a synthetic combination of field observations, field experiments, lab experiments, and meta-analyses, the proposed work will be the first systematic examination of earthworm effects on relationships between plant communities, soil food webs, and ecosystem processes. Further, effects of a changing climate on the spread and consequences of earthworm invasion will be investigated. Meta-analyses will be used to test if earthworms cause invasion waves, invasion meltdowns, habitat homogenization, and ecosystem state shifts. Global data will be synthesized to test if the relative magnitude of effects differ from place to place depending on the functional dissimilarity between native soil fauna and exotic earthworms. Moving from local to global scale, the present proposal examines the influence of earthworm invasions on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships from an aboveground–belowground perspective. This approach is highly innovative as it utilizes exotic earthworms as an exciting model system that links invasion biology with trait-based community ecology, global change research, and ecosystem ecology, pioneering a new generation of biodiversity–ecosystem function research.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Nathaly R. Guerrero-Ramírez, Dylan Craven, Peter B. Reich, John J. Ewel, Forest Isbell, Julia Koricheva, John A. Parrotta, Harald Auge, Heather E. Erickson, David I. Forrester, Andy Hector, Jasmin Joshi, Florencia Montagnini, Cecilia Palmborg, Daniel Piotto, Catherine Potvin, Christiane Roscher, Jasper van Ruijven, David Tilman, Brian Wilsey, Nico Eisenhauer
Diversity-dependent temporal divergence of ecosystem functioning in experimental ecosystems
published pages: , ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0325-1
Nature Ecology & Evolution 2019-07-08
2017 Nico Eisenhauer, Pedro M. Antunes, Alison E. Bennett, Klaus Birkhofer, Andrew Bissett, Matthew A. Bowker, Tancredi Caruso, Baodong Chen, David C. Coleman, Wietse de Boer, Peter de Ruiter, Thomas H. DeLuca, Francesco Frati, Bryan S. Griffiths, Miranda M. Hart, Stephan Hättenschwiler, Jari Haimi, Michael Heethoff, Nobuhiro Kaneko, Laura C. Kelly, Hans Petter Leinaas, Zoë Lindo, Catriona Macdonald,
Priorities for research in soil ecology
published pages: 1-7, ISSN: 0031-4056, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2017.05.003
Pedobiologia 63 2019-07-08
2017 Olga Ferlian, Christian Wirth, Nico Eisenhauer
Leaf and root C-to-N ratios are poor predictors of soil microbial biomass C and respiration across 32 tree species
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-4056, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2017.06.005
Pedobiologia 2019-07-08
2017 Guillaume Patoine, Madhav P. Thakur, Julia Friese, Charles Nock, Lydia Hönig, Josephine Haase, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Nico Eisenhauer
Plant litter functional diversity effects on litter mass loss depend on the macro-detritivore community
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-4056, DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2017.07.003
Pedobiologia 2019-07-08
2017 Madhav P. Thakur, David Tilman, Oliver Purschke, Marcel Ciobanu, Jane Cowles, Forest Isbell, Peter D. Wragg, Nico Eisenhauer
Climate warming promotes species diversity, but with greater taxonomic redundancy, in complex environments
published pages: e1700866, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700866
Science Advances 3/7 2019-07-08
2017 Yuanhu Shao, Weixin Zhang, Nico Eisenhauer, Tao Liu, Yanmei Xiong, Chenfei Liang, Shenglei Fu
Nitrogen deposition cancels out exotic earthworm effects on plant-feeding nematode communities
published pages: 708-717, ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12660
Journal of Animal Ecology 86/4 2019-07-08
2017 Helen R. P. Phillips, Erin K. Cameron, Olga Ferlian, Manfred Türke, Marten Winter, Nico Eisenhauer
Red list of a black box
published pages: 103, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0103
Nature Ecology & Evolution 1/4 2019-07-08
2017 Dylan Craven, Madhav P. Thakur, Erin K. Cameron, Lee E. Frelich, Robin Beauséjour, Robert B. Blair, Bernd Blossey, James Burtis, Amy Choi, Andrea Dávalos, Timothy J. Fahey, Nicholas A. Fisichelli, Kevin Gibson, I. Tanya Handa, Kristine Hopfensperger, Scott R. Loss, Victoria Nuzzo, John C. Maerz, Tara Sackett, Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Sandy M. Smith, Mark Vellend, Lauren G. Umek, Nico Eisenhauer
The unseen invaders: introduced earthworms as drivers of change in plant communities in North American forests (a meta-analysis)
published pages: 1065-1074, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13446
Global Change Biology 23/3 2019-07-08
2017 Olga Ferlian, Nico Eisenhauer, Martin Aguirrebengoa, Mariama Camara, Irene Ramirez-Rojas, Fábio Santos, Krizler Tanalgo, Madhav P. Thakur
Invasive earthworms erode soil biodiversity: A meta-analysis
published pages: , ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12746
Journal of Animal Ecology 2019-07-08
2017 Madhav P. Thakur, Tom Künne, John N. Griffin, Nico Eisenhauer
Warming magnifies predation and reduces prey coexistence in a model litter arthropod system
published pages: 20162570, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2570
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284/1851 2019-07-08
2019 Andreas Schuldt, Anne Ebeling, Matthias Kunz, Michael Staab, Claudia Guimarães-Steinicke, Dörte Bachmann, Nina Buchmann, Walter Durka, Andreas Fichtner, Felix Fornoff, Werner Härdtle, Lionel R. Hertzog, Alexandra-Maria Klein, Christiane Roscher, Jörg Schaller, Goddert von Oheimb, Alexandra Weigelt, Wolfgang Weisser, Christian Wirth, Jiayong Zhang, Helge Bruelheide, Nico Eisenhauer
Multiple plant diversity components drive consumer communities across ecosystems
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09448-8
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-05-22
2018 Nico Eisenhauer, Jes Hines, Forest Isbell, Fons van der Plas, Sarah E Hobbie, Clare E Kazanski, Anika Lehmann, Mengyun Liu, Alfred Lochner, Matthias C Rillig, Anja Vogel, Kally Worm, Peter B Reich
Plant diversity maintains multiple soil functions in future environments
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/elife.41228
eLife 7 2019-05-22
2019 Nico Eisenhauer, Aletta Bonn, Carlos A. Guerra
Recognizing the quiet extinction of invertebrates
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07916-1
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-05-22
2018 Nico Eisenhauer, Anja Vogel, Britta Jensen, Stefan Scheu
Decomposer diversity increases biomass production and shifts aboveground-belowground biomass allocation of common wheat
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-36294-3
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-22
2017 Benjamin Schwarz, Andrew D. Barnes, Madhav P. Thakur, Ulrich Brose, Marcel Ciobanu, Peter B. Reich, Roy L. Rich, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Artur Stefanski, Nico Eisenhauer
Warming alters energetic structure and function but not resilience of soil food webs
published pages: 895-900, ISSN: 1758-678X, DOI: 10.1038/s41558-017-0002-z
Nature Climate Change 7/12 2019-05-28

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