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Description The Jena Experiment is one of the longest biodiversity experiments in Europe. We have been studying diversity effects in European grassland communities since 2002.The strengths of the Jena Experiment, a full quantification of the most important element cycles as well as a coordinated investigation of above-ground and below-ground processes, will be used to unravel the mechanisms underlying the observed biodiversity effects. Most of our work focuses on abiotic and biotic relationships. These include species like decomposers (earthworms, arthropods and microbes), producers (plants), and consumers (herbivorous arthropods or parasitoids). We integrate information from greenhouse tests, mesocosm studies and field experimentation at multiple sites. Combined with data mining and modelling, our integrative approach is intended to provide insights into ecosystem functioning.
URL http://www.the-jena-experiment.de/
Status Operational since 2002
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
RI Categorization In situ Earth Observatories
Location Dornburger Str. 159, Jena, 07743, Germany
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15659