On the way to grassland
Grassland Ecology, Mycorrhizal Ecology, Ecosystem Stability, Biodiversity
This is a personal research website of Dr. Gaowen Yang (@Gaowen_Yang).
My main research goal is to understand the mechanisms that drive ecosystem stability in grassland.
Soil biota, comprising an enormous number of consumers and decomposers, represent one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity on Earth. There is increasing evidence that soil biota is a neglected factor determining ecosystem stability.
I am interested in how the biodiversity of multiple trophic levels influence ecosystem stability. My work is especially focused on how key soil biotic component (eg. arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, rhizobia, pathogens), the composition and diversity of soil biotic communities, and their interaction with plant diversity, affect the stability of multiple ecosystem functions (e.g. plant biomass production, the maintenance of plant diversity, soil carbon storage, decomposition, aggregate formation and nutrient provision) under perturbation.