As a result of human activities, global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and at all levels of life ranging from genes, species, communities, habitats to entire ecosystems. Biodiversity is at the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as biodiversity loss reduces the sustainability of (human) life on Earth.
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In order to protect or restore biodiversity, it is crucial to consider all forms of life within their entire context. The strength of NIOO-based research is that it integrates all of the different levels and scales that make up biodiversity, from genetic diversity to species diversity, from small to large organisms, from trophic interactions to communities and ecosystems, and in a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Therefore, NIOO is in the right position to make a substantial and scientifically important contribution to the societal goal of the SDGs.

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A selection of the most interesting papers linked to NIOO's Biodiversity theme:

  • C Wagg, K Schlaeppi, S Banerjee, EE Kuramae, MGA van der Heijden. Fungal-bacterial diversity and microbiome complexity predict ecosystem functioning. Nature communications 10 (1), 1-10 (2019)
  • van Spanning, R.J.M., Guan, Q., Melkonian, C. et al. Methanotrophy by a Mycobacterium species that dominates a cave microbial ecosystem. Nat Microbiol (2022).
  • Govaert, L., De Meester, L., Rousseaux, S., Declerck, S. A. J., & Pantel, J. (2021). Measuring the contribution of evolution to community trait structure in freshwater zooplankton. Oikos, 130(10).
  • Jin, H., van Leeuwen, C. H. A., Van de Waal, D. B., & Bakker, E. S. (2022). Impacts of sediment resuspension on phytoplankton biomass production and trophic transfer: Implications for shallow lake restoration. Science of the Total Environment, 808, [152156].
  • Lemmen, K., Verhoeven, K., & Declerck, S. A. J. (2022). Experimental evidence of rapid heritable adaptation in the absence of initial standing genetic variation. Functional Ecology, 36(1), 226-238.
  • Borer, E. T., Paseka, R., Peace, A., Asik, L., Everett, R., Frenken, T., González, A., Strauss, A. T., van de Waal, D. B., White, L. A., & Seabloom, E. W. (2022). Disease-mediated nutrient dynamics: Coupling host-pathogen interactions with ecosystem elements and energy. Ecological Monographs, 92(2), [e1510].
  • van Leeuwen, C. H. A., Temmink, R. J. M., Jin, H., Kahlert, Y., Robroek, B. J. M., Berg, M. P., Lamers, L. P. M., van den Akker, M., Posthoorn, R., Boosten, A., Olff, H., & Bakker, E. S. (2021). Enhancing ecological integrity while preserving ecosystem services: constructing soft-sediment islands in a shallow lake. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(3).
  • Bosse, M., Spurgin, L. G., Laine, V. N., Cole, E. F., Firth, J. A., Gienapp, P., … Slate, J. (2017). Recent natural selection causes adaptive evolution of an avian polygenic trait. Science, 358(6361), 365–368.
  • Laine, V. N., Gossmann, T. I., van Oers, K., Visser, M. E., & Groenen, M. A. M. (2019). Exploring the unmapped DNA and RNA reads in a songbird genome. Bmc Genomics, 20. (WOS:000455209300003).
  • Rowe, M., Whittington, E., Borziak, K., Ravinet, M., Eroukhmanoff, F., Sætre, G-P., & Dorus, S. (2020). Molecular diversification of the seminal fluid proteome in a recently diverged passerine species pair. Molecular Biology and Evolution 37:488-506.
  • van Grunsven, R. H. A., J. R. van Deijk, M. Donners, F. Berendse, M. E. Visser, E. Veenendaal, and K. Spoelstra (2020). Experimental light at night has a negative long-term impact on macro-moth populations. Current Biology 30:R694–R695.
  • Harvey, J. A., Ambavane, P., Williamson, M., & Diesmos, A. (2022). Evaluating the effects of the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) on island biodiversity, focusing on the Philippines. Pacific Conservation Biology, 28(3), 199-210.
  • Huberty, M. D., Steinauer, K., Heinen, R., Jongen, R., Hannula, E., Choi, Y. H., & Bezemer, T. M. (2022). Temporal changes in plant soil feedback effects on microbial networks, leaf metabolomics and plant-insect interactions. Journal of Ecology, 110(6), 1328-1343.
  • Raaijmakers, J. M. & Kiers, E. T. (2022). Rewilding plant microbiomes: Microbiota of crop ancestors may offer a way to enhance sustainable food production, Science 378(6620), 599-600.
  • L Momesso, CAC Crusciol, H Cantarella, KS Tanaka, GA Kowalchuk, EE Kuramae.  Optimizing cover crop and fertilizer timing for high maize yield and nitrogen cycle control. Geoderma 405, 115423. (2022)


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