• Synthesis Project Syn5:
  Drivers of biodiversity and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships along
  climate and land use gradients

From 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2018

Project leader:   Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Roland Brandl, Marcell Peters

Syn5 will link biodiversity and ecosystem functions including primary productivity, decomposition, pollination, seed dispersal, predation, and herbivory along gradients of climate and land use and address the importance of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning in the context of global environmental change. Syn5 builds upon extensive data on abundance, species richness, community composition, species traits, biotic interactions as well as on ecosystem states and processes of all 65 plots. It will test the importance of phylogenetic relationships and functional traits for the structure of species assemblages, the influence of primary productivity, climate and land use on food-chain length, the relative importance of bottom-up and top-down effects on biodiversity and biotic interactions, and the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality and stability in the context of climate and land use change.