What is it about?

In the present study, we conducted a large common garden experiment where we grew crops together that either had been grown over generations in mixtures or crops that did not have any interactions with other plants in all possible combinations. This arrangement allowed us to differentiate between evolution and coevolution at the species level and estimate the effect of (co)evolution on productivity at the community level.

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Why is it important?

The results presented here demonstrate that coevolution among coexisting plants occurs and that (co)evolution has a positive effect on ecosystem functioning. This study attempted to differentiate between the two distinct evolutionary processes occurring in plants evolution and coevolution.


Seeing this article published makes me proud since this publication not only represents exciting results but also the time and effort I spend into this project.

Anja Schmutz

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This page is a summary of: Coadaptation of coexisting plants enhances productivity in an agricultural system, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 2024, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2305517121.
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