There is less knowledge about global species diversity than previously assumed
- December 12, 2015
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Inter-annual variation in climate has stronger effects on predators such as spiders than populations of their detritivorous prey, such as isopods, according to new research. This leads to changes in food chain length, which can in turn influence decomposition and plant growth. These findings emphasize the importance of combined approaches that consider food webs and physiological processes to understand the consequences of global climate change, writes the research team.