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Biodiversity–ecosystem function relationships on bodies and in buildings

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Biodiversity underpins the function of ecosystems. Here we discuss how biodiversity–ecosystem function theory could apply to our bodies and buildings, outline practical applications and call for further research.

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Acknowledgements

Financial support came from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle–Jena–Leipzig, funded by the German Research Foundation (FZT 118). N.E. acknowledges funding by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 677232).

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  1. These authors contributed equally: Robert R. Dunn, Aspen T. Reese, Nico Eisenhauer.

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  1. Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

    • Robert R. Dunn
  2. Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Robert R. Dunn
  3. Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, MA, USA

    • Aspen T. Reese
  4. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

    • Nico Eisenhauer
  5. Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

    • Nico Eisenhauer

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