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The MyDiv Experiment is an open experimental platform within the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig (Ferlian et al. 2018).

It was established in 2015. The abbreviation stands for “Mycorrhiza in tree Diversity effects on ecosystem functioning”. Mycorrhizae are important beneficial interactions between plant roots and fungi that substantially contribute to the plant’s nutrition and fitness. The MyDiv Experiment was set up in 2015 to test the main hypothesis that tree stands with a high species richness of trees and the presence of functionally dissimilar mycorrhizal types show the highest levels of ecosystem functioning.


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Ferlian O, Cesarz S, Craven D, Hines J, Barry KE, Bruelheide H, Buscot F, Haider S, Heklau H, Herrmann S, Kühn P, Pruschitzki U, Schädler M, Wagg C, Weigelt A, Wubet T, Eisenhauer N. 2018. Mycorrhiza in tree diversity–ecosystem function relationships: conceptual framework and experimental implementation. Ecosphere 9:e02226.

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