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A temporal approach to linking aboveground and belowground ecology.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number11
Volume20
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)634-641
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Ecologists are becoming increasingly aware of the role of aboveground–belowground relationships in controlling ecosystem processes and properties. Here, we review recent studies that show that relationships between aboveground and belowground communities operate over a hierarchy of temporal scales, ranging from days to seasons, to millennia, with differing consequences for ecosystem structure and function. We propose that a temporal framework is crucial to our understanding of the nature and ecological significance of relationships between aboveground and belowground communities.