Ecosystem services
Title: Ecosystem services
SNIC Project: SNIC 2021/22-518
Project Type: SNIC Small Compute
Principal Investigator: Alva Curtsdotter <alva.curtsdotter@slu.se>
Affiliation: Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Duration: 2021-11-01 – 2022-11-01
Classification: 10611
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Abstract

The productivity of agroecosystems is highly dependent on the delivery of ecosystem functions and services, such as the biological control of crop pest species, pollination of crop and natural plants, livestock dung degradation and mineralization, and the stability of the ecosystem itself. Species’ life histories together with community characteristics, such as biodiversity and interaction structure, determine the delivery of these services. However, we still lack the mechanistic understanding to predict ecosystem service delivery, especially for a future of accelerating global change. In this project, we use mechanistically explicit, ecological modelling tools to increase our understanding of the biology of ecosystem service providers, the diversity and structure of their interaction networks, and how these factors shape the delivery of ecosystem services.