Symposium: Above- and belowground Biodiversity for Sustainable Ecosystems


Biodiversity loss has become a global concern as increasing evidence highlights the importance of diverse species interactions as the main drivers of the ecosystem services on which society depends. This symposium focuses on the importance of above and below-ground biodiversity for ecosystem functioning, multi-functionality and sustainability. Various talks will highlight the importance of biodiversity for agro-ecosystem functioning as this symposium is linked to the Biodiversa research project “Agricultural Diversification: Digging Deeper” investigating the importance of agricultural crop diversification. We are now accepting abstract submissions for both oral and poster presentations. The abstracts should address the role of plant, animal, and/or microbial biodiversity on ecosystem functioning in terrestrial ecosystems including agro-ecosystems. Themes covered include soil biodiversity, above-ground and below-ground biodiversity, nutrient cycling, ecosystem multi-functionality, climate change, carbon sequestration and agricultural sustainability.

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