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The importance of basic facilitation ecology for restoration and management in arid and semi-arid ecosystems.
#unpackingecology for the live tweets.
Some ecological systems are very tightly packed or integrated.
The packing of interactions in many systems can be anchored by basal plant species.
The overarching hypothesis examined is that nurse-plants are the foundation species in dryland systems.
Shrubs provide an anchor for community assembly and restoration
The study of net interactions within communities is a novel opportunity for restoration.
However, one answer is not enough and we must explore trophic and indirect interactions within these systems.
Globally, there are studies of both mechanisms and trophic effects but limited examination of net interactions.
Locally, we have established a set of experiments to explore these important concepts to provide management tools.
Local management can trump global change effects in grasslands. Consequently, basal plant species can be keystone.
The maintenance of contemporary biodiversity & function in drylands