Navigation Links
Biodiversity enhances ecosystems global drylands -- Ben-Gurion U researchers
Date:1/31/2012

BEER-SHEVA, Israel -- An international team of researchers including Dr. Bertrand Boeken of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev suggest in a new study that plant biodiversity preservation is crucial to buffer negative effects of climate change and desertification in drylands.

The study titled, "Plant species richness and ecosystem multi-functionality in global drylands", published in the prestigious journal Science is the outcome of a five-year research effort involving more than 50 researchers from 30 institutions in 15 different countries, including Dr. Boeken of the BGU Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. Dr. Boeken and Dr. Eli Zaady of the Gilat Research Center, the Volcani Institute - Agriculture Research Organization contributed research data from two long-term ecological research sites in the northern Negev.

The results of this study indicate that the ability of ecosystems in drylands worldwide to maintain multiple functions, such as carbon storage and buildup of nutrient pools (multi-functionality) is enhanced by the number of perennial plant species, mainly shrubs and dwarf-shrubs, whereas increased average annual temperature reduces this ability.

While small-scale controlled experiments have provided evidence of the positive relationship between biodiversity and multi-functionality over the years, this study is the first in explicitly evaluating such relationship among real ecosystems at a global scale.

The fieldwork of this study was carried out in 224 dryland ecosystems from all continents except Antarctica, where direct measurements of plant diversity and other biotic and abiotic features of the ecosystem were taken. To assess ecosystem multi-functionality, researchers assessed more than 2,600 soil samples for 14 ecosystem functions related to carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling and storage.

The functions measured deliver s
'/>"/>

Contact: Andrew Lavin
andrewlavin@alavin.com
516-353-2505
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Oklahoma researchers support biodiversity in biofuels production
2. Minnesota ecology professor wins international award for biodiversity and biofuels research
3. Smithsonian perspective: Biodiversity in a warmer world
4. DFG continues to strengthen biodiversity research
5. European biodiversity and ecosystem scientists merge and gear up for long-term research
6. Study confirms amphibians ability to predict changes in biodiversity
7. Marine invasive species advance 50km per decade, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity told
8. Marine invasive species advance 50 km per decade, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity told
9. Networks of small habitat patches can preserve urban biodiversity
10. Alpine rivers hold important clues for preserving biodiversity and coping with climate change
11. The global impact of climate change on biodiversity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/30/2014)... biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. ... will pave the way for novel anti-fouling paint for ... and industrial applications. , The team,s findings, published in ... larval stage of barnacles that attaches to a wide ... material that acts as an underwater heavy-duty adhesive. , ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... , July 30, 2014 NexID ... and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication ... industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for ... Cornett , "The decision to join FIDO Alliance ... authentication pervasive in use. We believe the FIDO ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... out how to create colors, nature had already perfected ... many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping ... way to make colored plastics. Their paper on using ... rather than dyes, to produce color appears in ... Asger Mortensen, Anders Kristensen and colleagues point out that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Study: Marine pest provides advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine 2NexID Biometrics Joins the FIDO Alliance 2
... Va. A five-year-old Virginia Tech outreach program, ... doing research and providing results that scientists can ... Partnership Award from the National Center for Research ... of Health. The Fralin Life Science Institute,s Partnership ...
... If you would like to receive Science Picks via e-mail, ... to receive it, please e-mail kcapelli@usgs.gov . October ... Sumatra Earthquakes, DOI Prepared to Address Climate Change, Water is ... of Seismic Proportions, Forget the Garlic Necklace! Learn More about ...
... attention to National Child Health Day (today), the Preventive Cardiovascular ... consumer survey and launched a campaign to educate families about ... The national survey revealed that more than three in ... heart disease do not begin until adulthood. ...
Cached Biology News:NIH funds new phase of high school-university research partnership 2NIH funds new phase of high school-university research partnership 3USGS Science Picks 2USGS Science Picks 3USGS Science Picks 4USGS Science Picks 5USGS Science Picks 6USGS Science Picks 7USGS Science Picks 8USGS Science Picks 9Americans concerned about heart health, but not proactive enough to prevent it 2
(Date:7/30/2014)... 2014 While administrative claims and ... research for a relatively long period of time, ... the use of these ‘big data’ for comparisons ... combining today’s powerful computer technology with the plethora ... data’ holds significant promise for identifying optimal interventions ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... , July 30, 2014   Wyle ... the Fully Integrated Lifecycle Mission Support Services (FILMSS) ... Administration (NASA). Under the terms of the contract, ... Center at Moffett Field, Calif. In particular, Wyle ... bioscience flight development projects on the International Space ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... July 30, 2014 BCC Research ( ... Markets for Enzymes in Industrial Applications , the global ... nearly $7.1 billion by 2018, registering a five-year compound ... estimated to be recorded in the detergent enzyme segment ... , Enzyme technology has influenced almost every sector of ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... , July 30, 2014  Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc. ... received the Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues (LOI) ... for Human Use (CHMP) for the NB32 Marketing Authorization ... SR) is an investigational drug candidate being evaluated for ... earlier Day 120 time point were adequately addressed by ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Leveraging ‘Big Data’ - Methodological Considerations in Health Services Research, New Webinar Hosted by Xtalks 2Wyle Wins NASA's Fully Integrated Lifecycle Mission Support Services Contract 2Global Market for Industrial Enzymes to Reach Nearly $7.1 Billion by 2018; Detergent Enzyme Market to Record Maximum Growth 2Global Market for Industrial Enzymes to Reach Nearly $7.1 Billion by 2018; Detergent Enzyme Market to Record Maximum Growth 3Orexigen Receives CHMP Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues 2Orexigen Receives CHMP Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues 3
... 2011 Arecor, the leading company ... and vaccines, is pleased to announce the appointment ... Howell will be responsible for the operations of ... Arecor,s upward growth curve ensuring the company continues ...
... Nov. 10, 2011 Avaxia Biologics, Inc. , ... act locally within the gastrointestinal tract, announced today that ... of a Series A angel-led financing. Cherrystone Angels of ... Boston Harbor Angels and other undisclosed individuals. Mr. Robert ...
... Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO ), ... respiratory critical care, today reports financial results for the third ... of the SURFAXIN® and AFECTAIR™ programs.  The Company will host ... call details are below. Selected third quarter highlights ...
Cached Biology Technology:Arecor Appoints Dr. Sarah Howell as Chief Operating Officer 2Avaxia Biologics, Inc. Raises $2.2 Million in First Closing of Series A Financing to Advance Oral Antibodies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 2Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 3Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 4Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 5Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 6Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 7Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 8Discovery Labs Reports Third Quarter Financial Results and Progress on Lead Programs 9
...
BD BioCoat Poly-D-Lysine 60 mm Culture Dishes, tissue-culture treated polystyrene with a uniform application of poly-D-lysine....
... 4000 incorporates the critical design features demanded ... biomarker research. The Series 4000 delivers improved ... biomarker discoveries to biomarker assays all on ... designed to fit into the research plans ...
Gelatin 100 mm Culture Dishes...
Biology Products: