Francesco de Bello
Dr. Francesco de Bello
Desertification Research Center (CIDE)
Most of my research focus on plant communities, on how different plant species coexist together, interact between them and other trophic levels, and how these interactions affect ecosystem functions like productivity, soil nutrient circulation, soil protection and water use, and the associated ecosystem services. Given the expected effects of climate and land-use changes on plant biodiversity we also focus on the mechanism of adaptation and response of plant populations and communities to multiple environmental drivers (e.g. drought, mowing, grazing, fertilization, land-use abandonment etc). We combine extensive field experiments, including long-term research sites, with experiments in greenhouses and growth chambers to assess how species coexistence affect a variety of ecosystem functions.