October 12, 2022 NEW GLOBAL STUDY
LandComp – Interactions between land use, substrate quality and consumers on global patterns of leaf litter decomposition in stream ecosystems
Please visit the website of this new study and contact us if you are interested in joining in.
June 17, 2021 NEW PAPER IN NATURE COMMUNICATIONS
Detritivores are a key group of animals in streams due to their contribution to plant litter decomposition. How relevant is the loss of detritivore species for this fundamental ecosystem process? Our study conducted at 38 sites distributed across 23 countries and 6 continents, just published in Nature Communications, reveals that detritivore diversity is a major driver of decomposition globally, and indicates that this link is particularly strong in the tropics, where detritivore extinctions may have the greatest impact on stream ecosystem functioning.
March 26, 2021 NEW PAPER IN SCIENCE ADVANCES
How important is riparian plant diversity for stream ecosystem functioning? Our global litter decomposition experiment, conducted at 40 sites distributed worldwide, and published today in Science Advances, pinpoints the benefits of preserving tree diversity, with greatest effects expected in the tropics.