Madhav P. Thakur
Leipzig University
EcosystemBiodiversityEcologySoil biologyBiology
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#1Madhav P. Thakur (Leipzig University)H-Index: 13
#2Helen PhillipsH-Index: 10
Last. Erin K. Cameron (Saint Mary's University)H-Index: 10
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Soil is one of the most biodiverse terrestrial habitats. Yet, we lack an integrative conceptual framework for understanding the patterns and mechanisms driving soil biodiversity. One of the underlying reasons for our poor understanding of soil biodiversity patterns relates to whether key biodiversity theories (historically developed for aboveground and aquatic organisms) are applicable to patterns of soil biodiversity. Here, we present a systematic literature review to investigate whether and ho...
#1Olga Ferlian (Leipzig University)H-Index: 9
#2Madhav P. ThakurH-Index: 13
Last. Nico Eisenhauer (Leipzig University)H-Index: 45
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12 paginas. 4 figuras.- 2 tablas.- 70 referencias.- Additional supporting information may be found in the online version of this article at 10.1002/ecy.2936/suppinfo .- Data are available from the Dryad Digital Repository:
#1Frank van Langevelde (UKZN: University of KwaZulu-Natal)H-Index: 29
#2Vincent Comor (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 2
Last. Madhav P. ThakurH-Index: 13
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Abstract Theory on the density?body-mass (DBM) relationship predicts that the density of animal species decreases by the power of ?0.75 per unit increase in their body mass, or by the power of ?1 when taxa across trophic levels are studied. This relationship is, however, largely debated, as the slope often deviates from the theoretical predictions. Here, we tested the ability of the DBM relationship to reflect changes in the structure of communities subjected to an anthropogenic disturbance. The...
#1Rui YinH-Index: 2
#2Iwona Gruss (Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences)H-Index: 2
Last. Martin Schädler (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)H-Index: 24
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Abstract Collembola are highly abundant and diverse soil animals and play key roles in litter decomposition and nutrient cycling. Given their functional significance, it is important to understand their responses to human-induced global changes, such as climate change and land-use intensification. Here, we utilized an experimental field study, to test the interactive effects of climate (ambient vs. future) and land use (five land-use regimes, from extensively-used meadow to conventional farming)...
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#1Helen Phillips (Leipzig University)H-Index: 10
#2Carlos Guerra (MLU: Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg)H-Index: 11
Last. Nico Eisenhauer (Leipzig University)H-Index: 45
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Soil organisms, including earthworms, are a key component of terrestrial ecosystems. However, little is known about their diversity, their distribution, and the threats affecting them. We compiled a global dataset of sampled earthworm communities from 6928 sites in 57 countries as a basis for predicting patterns in earthworm diversity, abundance, and biomass. We found that local species richness and abundance typically peaked at higher latitudes, displaying patterns opposite to those observed in...
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The soil microbiome regulates vital ecosystem functions ranging from primary production to soil carbon sequestration. Yet, we have only begun to understand the factors regulating the soil microbiome. While the importance of abiotic factors is increasingly recognized, the roles of trophic regulations in driving the structure and function of the soil microbiome remain less explored. Here, we review the current understanding of how and when microbial and top predators of the soil shape the communit...
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#1Madhav P. ThakurH-Index: 13
Last. Nico Eisenhauer (Leipzig University)H-Index: 45
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Ecological communities are increasingly confronted with multiple global change factors, which can have wide-ranging consequences for ecosystem structure and functions. Yet, we lack studies on the interacting effects of multiple global change factors on ecological communities – particularly long-term studies in field settings. Here, using a grassland field experiment in temperate North America, we report the interactive effects of four of the most common and pressing global change factors of the ...
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#1Madhav P. Thakur (Leipzig University)H-Index: 13
#2Vera Quast (Leipzig University)H-Index: 1
Last. Ainhoa Martínez-Medina (CSIC: Spanish National Research Council)H-Index: 13
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Plants form mutualistic relationship with a variety of belowground fungal species. Such a mutualistic relationship can enhance plant growth and resistance to pathogens. Yet, we know little about how interactions between functionally diverse groups of fungal mutualists affect plant performance and competition. We experimentally determined the effects of interaction between two functional groups of belowground fungi that form mutualistic relationship with plants, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi ...
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#1Madhav P. ThakurH-Index: 13
#2Wim H. van der Putten (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 62
Last. Stefan GeisenH-Index: 16
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Human travel and global trade have tremendously increased the spread of invasive microorganisms in new regions. Experimental and observational studies in terrestrial ecosystems are beginning to shed light on processes of microbial invasions, their ecological impacts and implications for ecosystem functioning. We provide examples of terrestrial invasive microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, oomycetes and other protists, and viruses, and discuss the impacts of pathogenic and non-pathogenic in...
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#1Julia Siebert (Leipzig University)H-Index: 5
#2Nico Eisenhauer (Leipzig University)H-Index: 45
Last. Madhav P. Thakur (Leipzig University)H-Index: 13
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Abstract Anthropogenic climate change is altering the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Agricultural systems are particularly vulnerable to climate change as they are frequently disturbed by intensified management practices. This also threatens belowground organisms that are responsible for providing crucial ecosystem functions and services, such as nutrient cycling and plant disease suppression. Amongst these organisms, earthworms are of particular importance as they can modulate the effec...
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