Liesje Mommer
Wageningen University and Research Centre
Publications 98
#1Kathryn E. Barry (Leipzig University)H-Index: 5
#2Jasper van Ruijven (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 32
Last.Alexandra Weigelt (Leipzig University)H-Index: 41
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Locally, plant species richness supports many ecosystem functions. Yet, the mechanisms driving these often‐positive biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships are not well understood. Spatial resource partitioning across vertical resource gradients is one of the main hypothesized causes for enhanced ecosystem functioning in more biodiverse grasslands. Spatial resource partitioning occurs if species differ in where they acquire resources and can happen both above‐ and belowground. However, ...
#1Vanessa-Nina Roth (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 8
#2Markus Lange (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 20
Last.Gerd Gleixner (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 57
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Dissolved organic matter affects fundamental biogeochemical processes in the soil such as nutrient cycling and organic matter storage. The current paradigm is that processing of dissolved organic matter converges to recalcitrant molecules (those that resist degradation) of low molecular mass and high molecular diversity through biotic and abiotic processes. Here we demonstrate that the molecular composition and properties of dissolved organic matter continuously change during soil passage and pr...
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#1Francisco M. Padilla (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 22
#2Liesje Mommer (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 35
Last.Hans de Kroon (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 46
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Global climate models predict more frequent periods of drought stress alternated by heavier, but fewer rainfall events in the future. Biodiversity studies have shown that such changed drought stress may be mitigated by plant species richness. Here, we investigate if grassland communities, differing in species richness, respond differently to climatic extremes within the growing season. In a 3-year outdoor mesocosm experiment, four grassland species in both monoculture and mixture were subjected ...
#1Malte Jochum (University of Bern)H-Index: 8
#2Markus Fischer (University of Bern)H-Index: 65
Last.Peter ManningH-Index: 27
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A large body of research shows that biodiversity loss can reduce ecosystem functioning, thus providing support for the conservation of biological diversity1–4. Much of the evidence for this relationship is drawn from biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments (hereafter: biodiversity experiments), in which biodiversity loss is simulated by randomly assembling communities of varying species diversity, and ecosystem functions are measured5–9. This random assembly has led some ecologists to que...
#1Liesje MommerH-Index: 35
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#1Eline A. Ampt (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 1
#2Jasper van Ruijven (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 32
Last.Liesje Mommer (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 35
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Soil-borne fungal diseases are a major problem in agriculture. A century ago, the Dutch plant pathologist Johanna Westerdijk recognized the importance of linking fungal biology with ecology to understand plant disease dynamics. To explore new ways to manage soil-borne fungal disease in agriculture by ‘learning from nature’, we follow in her footsteps: we link below ground plant-fungal pathogen interactions to ecological settings, i.e. natural grasslands. Ecological research hypothesised that the...
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#1Xin Xin Wang (CAU: China Agricultural University)H-Index: 1
#2Ellis Hoffland (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 33
Last.Thomas W. Kuyper (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 40
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Plant-soil feedback (PSF) describes the process whereby plant species modify the soil environment, which subsequently impacts the growth of the same or another plant species. Our aim was to explore PSF by two maize varieties (a landrace and a hybrid variety) and three arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) species (Funneliformis mosseae, Claroideoglomus etunicatum, Gigaspora margarita, and the mixture). We carried out a pot experiment with a conditioning and a feedback phase to determine PSF with di...
#1Kathryn E. Barry (Leipzig University)H-Index: 5
#2Liesje Mommer (WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)H-Index: 35
Last.Alexandra Weigelt (Leipzig University)H-Index: 41
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Evidence suggests that biodiversity supports ecosystem functioning. Yet, the mechanisms driving this relationship remain unclear. Complementarity is one common explanation for these positive biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Yet, complementarity is often indirectly quantified as overperformance in mixture relative to monoculture (e.g., ‘complementarity effect’). This overperformance is then attributed to the intuitive idea of complementarity or, more specifically, to species reso...
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#1Christine Fischer (FSU: University of Jena)H-Index: 9
#2Sophia Leimer (KIT: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)H-Index: 8
Last.Anke Hildebrandt (FSU: University of Jena)H-Index: 18
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The temporal and spatial dynamics of soil water are closely interlinked with terrestrial ecosystems functioning. The interaction between plant community properties such as species composition and richness and soil water mirrors fundamental ecological processes determining above-ground–below-ground feedbacks. Plant–water relations and water stress have attracted considerable attention in biodiversity experiments. Yet, although soil scientific research suggests an influence of ecosystem productivi...
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#1Kathryn E. Barry (Leipzig University)H-Index: 5
#2Alexandra Weigelt (Leipzig University)H-Index: 41
Last.Liesje MommerH-Index: 35
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Plant species richness positively affects plant productivity both above- and belowground. While this suggests that they are related at the community level, few studies have calculated above- and belowground overyielding simultaneously. It thus remains unknown whether above- and belowground overyielding are correlated. Moreover, it is unknown how belowground community level overyielding translates to the species level. We investigated above- and belowground overyielding in the Jena Trait-Based Bi...
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