Principle investigator: Jules Segrestin
Funding provider: the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic
Grant No.: 31-23-07087S
Duration: 2023- 2025
Research in ecology over the past 30 years has provided strong theoretical and experimental evidence that biodiversity plays a key role in several ecosystem functions. Whether these findings can help predict the consequences of the biodiversity loss due to current global changes is a debated topic. In this project, we propose to simulate realistic scenarios of plant species extinction using experimental and observational approaches. The project builds on the set-up of unique experiments in species-rich grasslands of South Bohemia (Czech Republic) and the collection of original data. We aim to investigate the effects of plant diversity on a comprehensive set of ecosystem properties related to the carbon cycle. Beside testing the consequences of species loss on carbon pools and seasonal fluxes, the project integrates a trait-based framework to improve our mechanistic understanding of the underlying ecological processes.