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Identifying the drivers of changes in the relative abundances of species in agroecosystems
(EGF, Teagasc, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, 2018)
Increasing species diversity often promotes ecosystem functions in grasslands, but sward diversity may be reduced over time through competitive interactions among species. We investigated the development of species’ relative ...
Plant diversity greatly enhances weed suppression in intensively managed grasslands
(EGF, Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, 2018)
Weed suppression was investigated in a field experiment across 31 international sites. The study included 15 plant communities at each site, based on two grasses and two legumes, each sown in monoculture and 11 four-species ...
Ecosystem function enhanced by combining four functional types of plant species in intensively managed grassland mixtures: a 3-year continental-scale field experiment
(British Ecological Society, 2013-04)
A coordinated continental-scale field experiment across 31 sites was used to compare the biomass yield of monocultures and four species mixtures associated with intensively managed agricultural grassland systems. To increase ...
Major shifts in species’ relative abundance in grassland mixtures alongside positive effects of species diversity in yield: a continental-scale experiment
(Wiley on behalf of the British Ecological Society, 2017-09)
1. Increased species diversity promotes ecosystem function; however, the dynamics of multi-species grassland systems over time and their role in sustaining diversity benefits are still poorly understood. Here, we investigated ...
Weed suppression greatly increased by plant diversity in intensively managed grasslands: A continental-scale experiment
(John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society, 2018-03)
1. Grassland diversity can support sustainable intensification of grassland production through increased yields, reduced inputs and limited weed invasion. We report the effects of diversity on weed suppression from 3 years ...