Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: the Wessex Consortium

NERC

Wessex-BESS is a large, multi-disciplinary consortium, which aims to address NERC’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service and Sustainability (BESS) objectives by linking biodiversity change with the delivery of ecosystem services across landscapes now and into the future. The project involves a range of field manipulation experiments with large-scale biodiversity and environmental gradients in the Wessex Chalk landscape, Salisbury Plain. The consortium is led by James Bullock of CEH Wallingford and includes partners at CEH Lancaster, Queen Mary University, Cranfield University, RSPB, and Exeter University. Our role in the consortium is to run one of the work-packages aimed at testing, at landscape and field scales, how changes in plant functional diversity influence belowground communities and processing of soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) that underpin the ecosystem services of climate regulation (C sequestration and greenhouse gas GHG emissions) and forage production.

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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: the Wessex Consortium