Disease-mediated ecosystem services: Pathogens, plants, and people

Rachel Paseka (Co-auteur), Lauren White, Dedmer Van de Waal, Alex Strauss, Angélica González, Rebecca Everett, Angela Peace, Eric W. Seabloom, Thijs Frenken, Elizabeth T. Borer

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Despite the ubiquity of pathogens in ecological systems, their roles in influencing ecosystem services are often overlooked. Pathogens that infect primary producers (i.e., plants, algae, cyanobacteria) can have particularly strong effects because autotrophs are responsible for a wide range of provisioning, regulating, and cultural services. We review the roles of pathogens in mediating ecosystem services provided by autotrophs and outline scenarios in which infection may lead to unexpected outcomes in response to global change. Our synthesis highlights a deficit of information on this topic, and we outline a vision for future research that includes integrative theory and cross-system empirical studies. Ultimately, knowledge about the mediating roles of pathogens on ecosystem services should inform environmental policy and practice.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)731-743
Aantal pagina's13
TijdschriftTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Nummer van het tijdschrift8
Vroegere onlinedatum2020
StatusGepubliceerd - 2020

Research theme

  • Disease ecology
  • Global environmental change


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