A paper from the Maestre lab has received a F1000Prime evaluation!

We are very happy to share that the first paper from Cristina Escolar´s PhD (Warming reduces the growth and diversity of biological soil crusts in a semi-arid environment: implications for ecosystem structure and functioning) has received an evaluation in F1000Prime.

The evaluation has been made by Dr. Eric Post, from Pennsylvania State University, and can be read in F1000Prime. In the case you do not have a subscription to F1000, here is the recommendation made by Dr. Post:

The relationships between species richness and diversity and ecosystem function are receiving increasing attention in the context of climate change. Experimental approaches to the study of how climate change might alter diversity, and how this, in turn, might affect ecosystem function, are especially valuable when conducted in natural, field settings. The authors of this study employed a passive warming treatment by using open-topped chambers to investigate the effect of warming on diversity and function in a relatively under-studied system, a biological soil crust community, at a field site on the Iberian Peninsula. The results of their three-year experiment revealed a significant decrease in the cover of biological soil crusts on so-called 'crust plots' (as opposed to 'bare plots'), as well as significant declines in richness and diversity, in response to warming. The authors speculate that these declines are likely to alter ecosystem functioning in this system.

Post E: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Escolar C et al., Philos Trans R Soc Lond, B, Biol Sci 2012, 367(1606):3087-99]. In F1000Prime, 27 Nov 2012; DOI: 10.3410/f.717963915.793465669