Stable isotope views on ecosystem function: challenging or challenged?

Víctor Resco, José I. Querejeta, Kiona Ogle, Jordi Voltas, Maria Teresa Sebastià, Penélope Serrano-Ortiz, Juan C. Linares, Cristina Moreno-Gutiérrez, Asier Herrero, José A. Carreira, Patricia Torres-Cañabate, Fernando Valladares

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Stable isotopes and their potential for detecting various and complex ecosystem processes are attracting an increasing number of scientists. Progress is challenging, particularly under global change scenarios, but some established views have been challenged. The IX meeting of the Spanish Association of Terrestrial Ecology (AAET, Úbeda, 18-22 October 2009) hosted a symposium on the ecology of stable isotopes where the linear mixing model approach of partitioning sinks and sources of carbon and water fluxes within an ecosystem was challenged, and new applications of stable isotopes for the study of plant interactions were evaluated. Discussion was also centred on the need for networks that monitor ecological processes using stable isotopes and key ideas for fostering future research with isotopes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-289
Number of pages3
JournalBiology Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 23 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon isotopes
  • Mixing models
  • Monitoring networks
  • Oxygen isotopes
  • Plant interactions
  • Water isotopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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