Network Analyses Can Advance Above-Belowground Ecology

Kelly S. Ramirez (Co-auteur), Stefan Geisen, Elly Morriën, Basten L. Snoek, Wim H. van der Putten

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An understanding of above-belowground (AG-BG) ecology is important for evaluating how plant interactions with enemies, symbionts, and decomposers affect species diversity and will respond to global changes. However, research questions and experiments often focus on only a limited number of interactions, creating an incomplete picture of how entire communities may be involved in AG-BG community ecology. Therefore, a pressing challenge is to formulate hypotheses of AG-BG interactions when considering communities in their full complexity. Here we discuss how network analyses can be a powerful tool to progress AG-BG research, link across scales from individual to community and ecosystem, visualize community interactions between the two (AG and BG) subsystems, and develop testable hypotheses.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)759-768
Aantal pagina's10
TijdschriftTrends in Plant Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusGepubliceerd - 2018


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