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Climatic and temporal control on microbial diversity-ecosystem functioning: insights from a novel conceptual model (CLIMIFUN).

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Project "CLIMIFUN" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 239˙191 €
 EC max contribution 239˙191 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2019-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS ES (MOSTOLES) coordinator 239˙191.00


 Project objective

Despite the importance of soil microbial communities for ecosystem functioning and human welfare, little is known about the mechanisms controlling the composition and diversity of these communities, and the role of their attributes in providing multiple ecosystem functions and services such as nutrient cycling and decomposition (i.e. multifunctionality). Many studies have identified climate, stage of ecosystem development and soil characteristics as main drivers of plant and animal diversity. However, much less is known about the interactive effects of climate, soil properties and time in controlling microbial diversity and multifunctionality during ecosystem succession. This lack of knowledge hampers our ability to predict microbial community shifts and their consequences for ecosystem functioning under climate change, and limits the inclusion of soil microbes in global biogeochemical models. The main research objective of this action is to gain a deeper insight into the patterns and mechanisms that drive soil microbial diversity and multifunctionality under changing environments. We will use a novel conceptual framework combining long-term chronosequences, climate change experiments and structural equation modelling to quantitatively evaluate the role of time, climate and multiple soil drivers in controlling microbial diversity and multifunctionality. The research outlined in this proposal includes a range of state-of-the-art biochemical, molecular and genomic methods for the analysis of microbial communities and multifunctionality that ensure the maximum utility and impact of our results. Altogether, CLIMIFUN will reveal the factors that control soil microbial diversity and multiple functions linked to plant production and nutrient cycling under a changing environment. This work will thus address a key knowledge gap relevant to supporting increases in global demand for food and fibre over the next decades, and a research priority for H2020.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Eleonora Egidi, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Jonathan M. Plett, Juntao Wang, David J. Eldridge, Richard D. Bardgett, Fernando T. Maestre, Brajesh K. Singh
A few Ascomycota taxa dominate soil fungal communities worldwide
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10373-z
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-01-30
2019 Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel
Obscure soil microbes and where to find them
published pages: , ISSN: 1751-7362, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3403891
The ISME Journal 1 2020-01-30
2019 Felipe Bastida, Carlos García, Noah Fierer, David J. Eldridge, Matthew A. Bowker, Sebastián Abades, Fernando D. Alfaro, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Nick A. Cutler, Antonio Gallardo, Laura García-Velázquez, Stephen C. Hart, Patrick E. Hayes, Teresa Hernández, Zeng-Yei Hseu, Nico Jehmlich, Martin Kirchmair, Hans Lambers, Sigrid Neuhauser, Víctor M. Peña-Ramírez, Cecilia A. Pérez, Sasha C. Reed, F
Global ecological predictors of the soil priming effect
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI:
Nature Communications 2020-01-30
2019 Chanda Trivedi; Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel; et al.
Losses in microbial functional diversity reduce the rate of key soil processes
published pages: , ISSN: 0038-0717, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3403924
Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry 1 2020-01-30
2019 Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel; Eldridge David
Cross-Biome Drivers of Soil Bacterial Alpha Diversity on a Worldwide Scale
published pages: , ISSN: 1432-9840, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3403909
Ecosystems 2 2020-01-30
2019 Jian‐Sheng Ye, Manuel Delgado‐Baquerizo, Santiago Soliveres, Fernando T. Maestre
Multifunctionality debt in global drylands linked to past biome and climate
published pages: 2152-2161, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14631
Global Change Biology 25/6 2020-01-30
2019 Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel; et al.
Changes in belowground biodiversity during ecosystem 1 development
published pages: , ISSN: 1091-6490, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3403940
PNAS 2 2020-01-30
2017 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Pankaj Trivedi, Chanda Trivedi, David J. Eldridge, Peter B. Reich, Thomas C. Jeffries, Brajesh K. Singh
Microbial richness and composition independently drive soil multifunctionality
published pages: 2330-2343, ISSN: 0269-8463, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12924
Functional Ecology 31/12 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Kelly Hamonts, Peter B. Reich, Brajesh K. Singh
Experimentally testing the species-habitat size relationship on soil bacteria: A proof of concept
published pages: 200-206, ISSN: 0038-0717, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.05.016
Soil Biology and Biochemistry 123 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Fernando T. Maestre, Victoria Ochoa, Beatriz Gozalo, Peter B. Reich, Brajesh K. Singh
Aridity Decouples C:N:P Stoichiometry Across Multiple Trophic Levels in Terrestrial Ecosystems
published pages: 459-468, ISSN: 1432-9840, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-017-0161-9
Ecosystems 21/3 2020-01-30
2017 ZY Yuan, F Jiao, XR Shi, Jordi Sardans, Fernando T Maestre, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Peter B Reich, Josep Peñuelas
Experimental and observational studies find contrasting responses of soil nutrients to climate change
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.23255
eLife 6 2020-01-30
2017 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Victoria Ochoa, Beatriz Gozalo, Brajesh K. Singh, Fernando T. Maestre
Soil microbial communities drive the resistance of ecosystem multifunctionality to global change in drylands across the globe
published pages: 1295-1305, ISSN: 1461-023X, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12826
Ecology Letters 20/10 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Frank Reith, Paul G. Dennis, Kelly Hamonts, Jeff R. Powell, Andrew Young, Brajesh K. Singh, Andrew Bissett
Ecological drivers of soil microbial diversity and soil biological networks in the Southern Hemisphere
published pages: 583-596, ISSN: 0012-9658, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2137
Ecology 99/3 2020-01-30
2018 Durán, J; Delgado-Baquerizo, M; Dougill, AJ; Guuroh, RT; Linstädter, A; Thomas, AD; Maestre, FT
Temperature and aridity regulate spatial variability of soil multifunctionality in drylands across the globe.
published pages: , ISSN: 1939-9170, DOI:
Ecology 1 2020-01-30
2017 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Jeff R. Powell, Kelly Hamonts, Frank Reith, Pauline Mele, Mark V. Brown, Paul G. Dennis, Belinda C. Ferrari, Anna Fitzgerald, Andrew Young, Brajesh K. Singh, Andrew Bissett
Circular linkages between soil biodiversity, fertility and plant productivity are limited to topsoil at the continental scale
published pages: 1186-1196, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.14634
New Phytologist 215/3 2020-01-30
2018 David J. Eldridge, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
Grazing reduces the capacity of Landscape Function Analysis to predict regional-scale nutrient availability or decomposition, but not total nutrient pools
published pages: 494-501, ISSN: 1470-160X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.03.034
Ecological Indicators 90 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Fernando T. Maestre, David J. Eldridge, Matthew A. Bowker, Thomas C. Jeffries, Brajesh K. Singh
Biocrust-forming mosses mitigate the impact of aridity on soil microbial communities in drylands: observational evidence from three continents
published pages: , ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.15120
New Phytologist 2020-01-30
2018 Max Mallen-Cooper, David J. Eldridge, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
Livestock grazing and aridity reduce the functional diversity of biocrusts
published pages: 175-185, ISSN: 0032-079X, DOI: 10.1007/s11104-017-3388-5
Plant and Soil 429/1-2 2020-01-30
2017 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Andrew Bissett, David J. Eldridge, Fernando T. Maestre, Ji-Zheng He, Jun-Tao Wang, Kelly Hamonts, Yu-Rong Liu, Brajesh K. Singh, Noah Fierer
Palaeoclimate explains a unique proportion of the global variation in soil bacterial communities
published pages: 1339-1347, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0259-7
Nature Ecology & Evolution 1/9 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Fernando T. Maestre, Senani B. Karunaratne, Pankaj Trivedi, Peter B. Reich, Brajesh K. Singh
Response to comment on “Climate legacies drive global soil carbon stocks in terrestrial ecosystem”
published pages: eaat1296, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat1296
Science Advances 4/3 2020-01-30
2017 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Fernando T. Maestre, Senani B. Karunaratne, Pankaj Trivedi, Peter B. Reich, Brajesh K. Singh
Climate legacies drive global soil carbon stocks in terrestrial ecosystems
published pages: e1602008, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602008
Science Advances 3/4 2020-01-30
2018 Pablo García-Palacios, Cristina Escolar, Marina Dacal, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Beatriz Gozalo, Victoria Ochoa, Fernando T. Maestre
Pathways regulating decreased soil respiration with warming in a biocrust-dominated dryland
published pages: , ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14399
Global Change Biology 2020-01-30
2017 Sumiya Vandandorj, David J. Eldridge, Samantha K. Travers, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo
Contrasting Effects of Aridity and Grazing Intensity on Multiple Ecosystem Functions and Services in Australian Woodlands
published pages: 2098-2108, ISSN: 1085-3278, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2736
Land Degradation & Development 28/7 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, David J. Eldridge, Samantha K. Travers, James Val, Ian Oliver, Andrew Bissett
Effects of climate legacies on above- and belowground community assembly
published pages: , ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14306
Global Change Biology 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Ellen L. Fry, David J. Eldridge, Franciska T. de Vries, Peter Manning, Kelly Hamonts, Jens Kattge, Gerhard Boenisch, Brajesh K. Singh, Richard D. Bardgett
Plant attributes explain the distribution of soil microbial communities in two contrasting regions of the globe
published pages: 574-587, ISSN: 0028-646X, DOI: 10.1111/nph.15161
New Phytologist 219/2 2020-01-30
2018 Yu-Rong Liu, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Jun-Tao Wang, Hang-Wei Hu, Ziming Yang, Ji-Zheng He
New insights into the role of microbial community composition in driving soil respiration rates
published pages: 35-41, ISSN: 0038-0717, DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.12.003
Soil Biology and Biochemistry 118 2020-01-30
2018 Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Angela M. Oliverio, Tess E. Brewer, Alberto Benavent-González, David J. Eldridge, Richard D. Bardgett, Fernando T. Maestre, Brajesh K. Singh, Noah Fierer
A global atlas of the dominant bacteria found in soil
published pages: 320-325, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9516
Science 359/6373 2020-01-30
2018 Santiago Soliveres, Anika Lehmann, Steffen Boch, Florian Altermatt, Francesco Carrara, Thomas W. Crowther, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Anne Kempel, Daniel S. Maynard, Matthias C. Rillig, Brajesh K. Singh, Pankaj Trivedi, Eric Allan
Intransitive competition is common across five major taxonomic groups and is driven by productivity, competitive rank and functional traits
published pages: 852-864, ISSN: 0022-0477, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12959
Journal of Ecology 106/3 2020-01-30

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