Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2021, Vol. 45 ›› Issue (10): 1094-1111.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2020.0154

Special Issue: 生态系统结构与功能

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Relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem multifunctionality and multiserviceability: literature overview and research advances

JING Xin1,*(), HE Jin-Sheng2,3   

  1. 1Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
    2Institute of Ecology, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
    3State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems, College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730020, China
  • Received:2020-05-18 Accepted:2020-10-14 Online:2021-10-20 Published:2020-10-16
  • Contact: JING Xin
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(31630009);National Key R&D Program of China(2019YFC0507700)


Over the recent decade, biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality (BEMF) has aroused as an emerging reserach hotspot in the filed of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Ecosystem multifunctionality is defined as the capacity of an ecosystem to provide multiple ecosystem functions simulateneously, it has received broad consideration by community and ecosystem ecologists. In this study, we first conducted a literature review of the research history in biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality. Next, we summarized the major trends in biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality research including the impacts of biodiversity dimensions, global change drivers and spatial-temporal scales on ecosystem multifunctionality. We reviewed the new research methods and research directions emerged in the field. We also defined a new concept, i.e., ecosystem multiserviceability (EMS) based on the distinction between ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. Finally, we briefly summarized the limitations in current research of biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality/multiserviceability (BEMF/BEMS) and presented the outlook for future study.

Key words: biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem services, global change, reseach advances