57. Martín-Robles, N., García-Palacios, P., Rodríguez, M., Rico, D., Vigo, R., Sánchez-Moreno, S., De Deyn, G.B., & Milla, R. 2020. Crops and therir wild progenitors recruit beneficial and detrimental soil biota in opposing ways, Plant and Soil, in press.


56. Dacal, M., García-Palacios, P., Asensio, S., Cano-Díaz, C., Gozalo, V., Ochoa, V. & Maestre, F.T. 2020. Short-term increases with experimental warming are offset in the longer-term by microbial thermal acclimation and reductions in biocrust cover. Global Change Biology, in press.

55. Ye, J.S., Bradford, M.A., Maestre, F.T, Li, F.M. & García-Palacios, P. 2020. Compensatory thermal adaptation of soil microbial respiration rates in global croplands. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, in press. [pdf].

​54. Kattge, J., Bönisch, G. Díaz, S., Lavorel, S., Prentice, I.C., Leadley, P., et al, García-Palacios, P., et al. 2020. TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26: 119-188. [pdf].

​​53. Eldrige, D.J., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Quero, J.L., Ochoa, V., Gozalo, B., García-Palacios, P., Escolar, C., García-Gómez, M., Prina, A., Bowker, M.A., Bran, D.E., Castro, I., Cea, A., Derak, M., Espinosa, C.I., FLorentino, A., Gaitán, J., Gatica, G.M., Gómez-González, S., Ghiloufi, W., Gutiérrez, J.,R., Guzman, E., Hernández, R.M., Hughes, F.M., Muiño, W., Monerris, J., Ospina, A., Ramírez, D.A., Ribas-Fernández, Y., Romao, R.L., Torres-Díaz, C., Koen, T.B., & Maestre, F.T. Surface indicators are correlated with soil multifunctionality in global drylands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57: 424-435. [pdf].



52. Soliveres, S. & García-Palacios, P. 2019. Sucesión secundaria, interacciones biológicas y funcionamiento de las comunidades asociadas a taludes de carretera: las interacciones planta-suelo importan más que las planta-planta. Ecosistemas 28: 50-60. [pdf].

​​​51. Chacón-Labella, J., García-Palacios, P., Matesanz, S., Schöb, C. & Milla, R. 2019. Plant domestication disrupts biodiversity effects across major crop types. Ecology Letters 22: 1472-1482. [pdf].

50. Ye, J.S., Bradford, M.A., Dacal, M., Maestre, F.T., & García-Palacios, P. 2019. Increasing microbial carbon use efficiency with warming predicts soil heterotrophic respiration globally. Global Change Biology 25: 3354-3364. [pdf].

​49. García-Palacios, P., Alarcón, M.R., Tenorio, J.L. & Sánchez-Moreno, S. 2019. Ecological intensification of agriculture in drylands. Journal of Arid Environments 167: 101-105. [pdf].

48. Dacal, M., Bradford, M.A., Plaza, C., Maestre, F.T. & García-Palacios, P.  2019. Soil microbial respiration adapts to ambient temperature in global drylands. Nature Ecology and Evolution 3: 232-238. [pdf].

47. Jackson, L.E., Bowles, T.M., Ferris, H., Margenot, A.J., Hollander, A., García-Palacios, P., Daufresne, T., Sánchez-Moreno, S. 2019. Plant and soil microfaunal biodiversity across the borders between arable and forest ecosystems in a Mediterranean landscape. Applied Soil Ecology 136: 122-138. [pdf].


46. Reis, F., Nascimento, E., Castro, H., Canhoto, C., Gonçalves, A.L., Simões, S., García-Palacios, P. , Milla, R., Sousa, J.P. & Martins da Silva, P. 2018. Land management impacts on the feeding preferences of the woodlouse Porcellio dilatatus (Isopoda: Oniscidea) via changes in plant litter quality. Applied Soil Ecology 132: 45-52. [pdf].


45. García-Palacios, P., Gross, N., Gaitán, J. & Maestre, F.T. 2018. Climate mediates the biodiversity–ecosystem stability relationship globally. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 115: 8400-8405. [pdf].

44. García‐Palacios, P., Escolar, C., Dacal, M., Delgado‐Baquerizo, M., Gozalo, B., Ochoa, V. & Maestre, F.T. 2018. Pathways regulating decreased soil respiration with warming in a biocrust‐dominated dryland. Global Change Biology 24: 4645-4656. [pdf].

43. Chen, J., Luo, Y., García‐Palacios, P., Cao, J., Dacal, M., Zhou, X., Li, J., Xia, J., Niu, S., Yang, H., Shelton, S., Guo, W. & van Groenigen, J.K. 2018. Differential responses of carbon‐degrading enzymes activities to warming: implications for soil respiration. Global Change Biology 24: 4816-4826. [pdf].


42. Yue, K., García‐Palacios, P., Parsons, S.A., Yang, W., Peng, Y., Yan, B., Huang, C. & Wu, F. 2018. Assessing the temporal dynamics of aquatic and terrestrial litter decomposition in an alpine forest. Functional Ecology 32: 2464-2475. [pdf].


41. García-Palacios, P., Gätinger, A., Bracht-Jørgensen, H., Brussaard, L., Filipe Carvalho, F., Castro, H., Clement, J.C., De Deyn, G., D'Hertefeldt, T., Foulquier, A., Hedlund, K., Lavorel, S., Legay, N., Lori, M., Mäder, P., Martínez-García, L., Martins da Silva, P., Muller, A., Nascimento, E., Reis, F., Symanczik, S., Sousa, J.P. & Milla, R. 2018. Crop traits drive soil carbon sequestration under organic farming. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 2496-2505. [pdf]. Post in the Applied Ecologist’s Blog.



40. Wilcox, K.R., Shi, Z., Gherardi, L.A., Lemoine, N.P., Koerner, S.E., Hoover, D.L., Bork, E., Byrne, K.M., Cahill, J., Collins, S.L., Evans, S., Katarina Gilgen, A., Holub, P., Jiang, L., Knapp, A.K., Yahdjian, L., LeCain, D., Liang, J., García-Palacios, P., Peñuelas, J., Pockman, W.T., Smith, M.D., Sun, S., White, S.R., Zhu, K. & Lup, Y. 2017. Asymmetric responses of primary productivity to precipitation extremes: a synthesis of grassland precipitation manipulation experiments. Global Change Biology 23: 4376-4385. [pdf]

39. Peco, B., Rivera, D., García-Palacios, P., & Jauregui, B.M. 2017. Is manure an alternative to topsoil in road embankments restoration?  Plos One 12: e0174622. [pdf]

38. Milla, R., García-Palacios, P., & Matesanz, S. 2017. Looking at past domestication to secure ecosystem services of future croplands.  Journal of Ecology 105: 885-889. [pdf]. Special Feature on Food Security. Post in the Ecomandanga Blog.

37. García-Palacios, P., Shaw, E.A., Wall, D.H. & Hättenschwiler, S. 2017. Contrasting mass-ratio vs. niche complementarity effects on litter C and N loss during decomposition along a regional climatic gradient. Journal of Ecology 105: 968-978. [pdf]



36. Maestre, F.T., Eldridge, D.J., Soliveres, S., Kéfi, S., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Bowker, M.A., García-Palacios, P., Gaitán, J., Gallardo, A., Lázaro, R., Berdugo, M. 2016 Structure and functioning of dryland ecosystems in a changing world. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 47: 215-237. [pdf]

35. Shi, Z., Xu, X., Souza, L., Wilcox, K., Jiang, L., Liang, J., Xia, J., García-Palacios, P., Luo, Y. 2016. Dual mechanisms regulate ecosystem stability under decade-long warming and hay harvest. Nature Communications 7: 11973. [pdf]


34. Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Reich, P.B., García-Palacios, P., & Milla, R. 2016. Biogeographic basis for a shift in crop C : N : P stoichiometries during domestication. Ecology Letters 19: 564-575. [pdf]

33. García-Palacios, P., Shaw, E.A., Wall, D.H., & Hättenschwiler, S. 2016. Temporal dynamics of biotic and abiotic drivers of litter decomposition. Ecology Letters 19: 554-563. [pdf]

32. García-Palacios, P., Prieto, I., Ourcival, J.M., & Hättenschwiler, S. 2016. Disentangling the litter quality and soil microbial contribution to leaf and fine root litter decomposition responses to reduced rainfall. Ecosystems 19: 490-503. [pdf]


31. García-Palacios, P., B. G. McKie, I.T. Handa, A. Frainer & S. Hättenschwiler. 2016. The importance of litter traits and decomposers for litter decomposition: A comparison of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems within and across biomes. Functional Ecology 30: 819-829. [pdf]. Commentary in Functional Ecology.


30. Delgado-Baquerizo, M., F.T. Maestre, A. Gallardo, D. J. Eldridge, S. Soliveres, M. A. Bowker, A. P. Prado-Comesaña, J. Gaitán, J. L. Quero, V. Ochoa, B. Gozalo, M. García-Gómez, P. García-Palacios, M. Berdugo, E. Valencia, C. Escolar, T. Arredondo, C. Barraza-Cepeda, B. R. Boeken, D. Bran, O. Cabrera, J.A. Carreira, M. Chaieb, A.A. Conceicao, M. Derak, R. Ernst, C. I. Espinosa, A. Florentino, M. G. Gatica, W. Ghiloufi, S. Gómez-González, J. R. Gutiérrez, R. M. Hernández, E. Huber-Sannwald, M. Jankju, R. L. Mau, M. Miriti, J. Monerris, E. Morici, M. Muchane, K. Naseri, E. Pucheta, E. Ramírez, D.A. Ramírez-Collantes, R. Romão, M. Tighe, D. Torres, C. Torres-Díaz, J. Val, J. P. Veiga, D. Wang, X. Yuan & E. Zaady. 2016. Human impacts and aridity differentially alter soil N availability in drylands worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 36-45. [pdf]



29. Delgado-Baquerizo, M., García-Palacios, P., Milla, R., Gallardo, A., Maestre, F.T. 2015. Soil characteristics determine soil carbon and nitrogen availability during leaf litter decomposition regardless of litter quality. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 81: 134-142. [pdf]

28. Castillo-Monroy, AP., Bowker, M.A., García-Palacios, P., Maestre, F.T. 2015. Aspects of soil lichen biodiversity and aggregation interact to influence subsurface microbial function. Plant and Soil 386: 303-313. [pdf]


27. García-Palacios, P., Vandegehuchte, M.L., Shaw, E.A., Dam, M., Post, K.H., Ramirez, K.S., Sylvain, Z.A., Tomasel, C., Wall, D.H. 2015. Are there links between responses of soil microbes and ecosystem functioning to elevated CO2, N deposition and warming? A global perspective. Global Change Biology 21: 1590-1600. [pdf]


26. Derak, M., Maestre, F.T., Quero, J.L., Ochoa, V., Escolar, C., Soliveres, S., & García-Palacios, P. 2015. Caractérisation du fonctionnement des steppes d’alfa marocaines par la méthode de l’analyse fonctionnelle du paysage. Ecologia Mediterranea 41: 61-72.


25. García-Palacios, P., Maestre, F.T., Bradford, M.A., Reynolds, J.F., 2014. Earthworms modify plant biomass and nitrogen capture under conditions of soil nutrient heterogeneity and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 78: 182-188. [pdf]

24. Soliveres, S., Bowker, M.A., Torieces, R., Quero, J.L., García-Gómez, M., Cabrera, O., Cea, A., Coaguila, D., Eldrige, D.J., Espinosa, C.I., Hemmings, FG., Monerris, J.J., Tighe, M., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Escolar, C., García-Palacios, P., Ochoa, V., Blones, J., Derak, M., Ghiloufi, W., Gutiérrez, J., Hernández, R.M., Noumi, Z, Maestre, F.T. 2014. Functional traits determine plant co-occurrence more than environment or evolutionary relatedness in global drylands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 16: 164-173. [pdf]



23. Delgado-Baquerizo,  M., F.T. Maestre, A. Gallardo, M. A. Bowker, M.D. Wallenstein, J. L. Quero, V. Ochoa, B. Gozalo, García-Gómez, S. Soliveres,  P. García-Palacios, M. Berdugo, E. Valencia, C. Escolar, T. Arredondo, C. Barraza-Cepeda, D. Bran, J.A. Carreira, M. Chaieb, A.A. Conceicao, M. Derak, D. Eldridge, A. Escudero, C. I. Espinosa, J. Gaitán, M. G. Gatica, S. Gómez-González, E. Guzman, J. R. Gutiérrez, A. Florentino, E. Hepper, R. M. Hernández, E. Huber-Sannwald, M. Jankju, J. Liu, M. Miriti, J. Monerris, K. Naseri, Z. Noumi, V. Polo, A. Prina, E. Pucheta, E. Ramírez, D.A. Ramírez-Collantes, R. Romão, M. Tighe, D. Torres, C. Torres-Díaz, E.D. Ungar, J. Val, W. Wamiti, D. Wang & E. Zaady. 2013. Decoupling of soil nutrient cycles as a functionof aridity in global drylands. Nature 504: 672-67. [pdf]. Commentary in Nature. ISI Highly cited paper.


22. García-Palacios, P., F.T. Maestre, J. Kattge & D.H. Wall. 2013. Climate and litter quality differently modulate the effects of soil fauna on litter decomposition across biomes. Ecology Letters 16: 1045-1053. [pdf]. Corrigendum. ISI Highly cited paper.

21. Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Maestre, F.T., Gallardo, A., Quero, J.L., Ochoa, V., García-Gómez, M., Soliveres, D., Escolar, C., García-Palacios, P., Berdugo, M., Valencia, E., Gozalo, B., Noumi, Z., Derak, M. & Wallenstein, M. 2013. Aridity determines N availability in semiarid Mediterranean grasslands. PLoS One 8: e59807. [pdf]


20. García-Palacios, P., Milla, R., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Martín-Robles, N., Álvaro-Sánchez, M. & Wall, D.H. 2013. Side effects of plant domestication: ecosystem impacts of changes in litter quality. New Phytologist 198: 504-513. [pdf]. Commentary in New Phytologist.


19. Soliveres, S., Maestre, F.T., Escudero, A., García-Palacios, P., Valladares, F. & Castillo-Monroy, A.P. 2013. Changes inrainfall amount and frequency do not affect the outcome of the interaction between the shrub Retama sphaerocarpa (L.) neighbour grasses in two contrasted semiarid communities. Journal of Arid Environments 91: 104-112. [pdf]

18. García-Palacios, P., Maestre, F.T. & Milla, R. 2013. Community-aggregated plant traits interact with soil nutrient heterogeneity to determine ecosystem functioning. Plant and Soil  364: 119-129. [pdf]


17. García-Palacios, P., Milla , R., Álvaro-Sánchez, M., Martín-Robles, N. & Maestro, M. 2013. Application of a high throughput laboratory method to assess litter decomposition rates in multiple species experiments. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 57: 929-932. [pdf]



16. García-Palacios, P., Maestre, F.T., Bardgett, R.D. & de Kroon, H. 2012. Plant responses to soil heterogeneity and global environmental change. Journal of Ecology 6:1303-1314. [pdf]

15. Maestre, F. T., J. L. Quero, N. J. Gotelli, A. Escudero, V. Ochoa, M. Delgado-Baquerizo, M. García-Gómez, M. A. Bowker, S. Soliveres, C. Escolar, P. García-Palacios, M. Berdugo, E. Valencia, B. Gozalo, A. Gallardo, L. Aguilera, T. Arredondo, J. Blones, B. Boeken, D. Bran, A. Conceicao, O. Cabrera, M. Chaieb, M. Derak, D. Eldridge, C. I. Espinosa, A. Florentino, J. Gaitán, M. G. Gatica, W. Ghiloufi, S. Gómez-González, J. R. Gutiérrez, R. M. Hernández, X. Huang, E. Huber-Sannwald, M. Jankju, M. Miriti, J. Monerris, R. L. Mau, E. Morici, K. Naseri, A. Ospina, V. Polo, A. Prina, E. Pucheta, D. A. Ramírez-Collantes, R. Romão, M. Tighe, C. Torres-Díaz, J. Val, J. P. Veiga, D. Wang, E. Zaady. 2012. Plant species richness and ecosystem multifunctionality in global drylands. Science 335: 214-218. [pdf]. ISI Highly cited paper.


14. García-Palacios, P., Querejeta, J.I., Maestre, F.T., Escudero, A. & Valladares, F.  2012. Impact of simulated changes in rainfall regime and nutrient deposition on the relative dominance and isotopic composition of ruderal plants in athropogenic grasslands. Plant and Soil 352:303-319. [pdf]



13. García-Palacios, P., Bowker, M.A., Maestre, F.T., Soliveres, S.,  Valladares, F., Papadopoulos, J. & Escudero, A. 2011. Ecosystem development in roadside grasslands: biotic control, plantsoil interactions and dispersal limitations. Ecological Applications 21:2806-2821. [pdf]

12. Castillo-Monroy, A.P., Maestre, F.T., Rey, A., Soliveres, S. & García-Palacios, P. 2011. Biological soil crusts are the main contributor to soil CO2 efflux and modulate its spatio-temporal variability in a semi-arid ecosystem. Ecosystems 14:835-847. [pdf]

11. García-Palacios, P., Bowker, M.A., Chapman, S.J., Maestre, F.T., Soliveres, S., Gallardo, A., Valladares, F., Guerrero, C. & Escudero, A. 2011. Early-successional vegetation changes after roadside prairie restoration modify processes related with soil functioning by changing microbial functional diversity. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 43:1245-1253. [pdf]


10. Soliveres, S., García-Palacios, P., Castillo-Monroy, A.P., Maestre, F.T., Escudero, A. & Valladares, F. 2011. Co-occurrence of herbivory and water availability modulate the outcome of a grass-shrub interaction in a pulse-driven ecosystem. Oikos 120: 710-719. [pdf]

9. García-Palacios, P., Maestre F.T. & Gallardo, G. 2011. Soil nutrient heterogeneity modulates ecosystem responses to changes in the identity and    richness of plant functional groups. Journal of Ecology 99: 551-562. [pdf]


8. García-Palacios, P. 2011. Importancia del suelo para la restauración de la cubierta vegetal. In Valladares, F., L. Balaguer, I. Mola, A. Escudero & V. Alfaya (eds.) Restauración ecológica de áreas afectadas por infraestructuras de transporte. Bases científicas para soluciones técnicas. Fundación Biodiversidad, Madrid, España. pp 85-100. [pdf]


7. Bochet, E., García-Palacios, P., Peco, B., Tormo, J. & García-Fayos P. 2011. Procesos ecológicos y restauración de la cubierta vegetal. In Valladares, F., L. Balaguer, I. Mola, A. Escudero & V. Alfaya (eds.) Restauración ecológica de áreas afectadas por infraestructuras de transporte. Bases científicas para soluciones técnicas. Fundación Biodiversidad, Madrid, España. pp 101-142. [pdf]


6. Soliveres, S., Contreras, V., Paulo-Fernandes, J., Cortina, J., García-Palacios, P., Martínez, M. & Fort, J. 2011. Ecotecnología aplicada a la restauración de infraestructuras de transporte. In Valladares, F., L. Balaguer, I. Mola, A. Escudero & V. Alfaya (eds.) Restauración ecológica de áreas afectadas por infraestructuras de transporte. Bases científicas para soluciones técnicas. Fundación Biodiversidad, Madrid, España. pp 177-212. [pdf]



5. García-Palacios, P., Soliveres, S., Maestre F.T., Escudero, A., Valladares, F. & Castillo-Monroy, A.P. 2010. Dominant plant species modulates responses to hydroseeding, irrigation and fertilization during the restoration of semiarid motorway slope. Ecological Engineering 36: 1290-1298. [pdf]

4. Maestre, F.T., Bowker, M.A., Escolar, C., Puche, M.D., Soliveres, S., Mouro, S., García-Palacios, P., Castillo-Monroy, A.P., Martínez, I. & Escudero, A. 2010. Do biotic interactions modulate ecosystem functioning along abiotic stress gradients? Insights from semi-arid Mediterranean plant and biological soil crust communities. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 365: 2057-2070. [pdf]



3. Maestre, F. T., Bowker, M.A., Puche, M.D., Hinojosa, M.B., Martínez, I., García-Palacios, P., Castillo, A.P., Soliveres, S., Luzuriaga, A.L., Sánchez, A.M., Carreira, J.A., Gallardo, A. & Escudero, A. 2009. Shrub encroachement can reverse desertification in semi-arid Mediterranean grasslands. Ecology Letters 12: 930-941. [pdf]



2. Castillo-Monroy, A.P., Maestre, F.T., Martínez, I., Escudero, A. & García-Palacios, P. 2008. Evaluando el papel funcional de la biodiversidad y el patrón espacial: una aproximación experimental usando costra biológica. In: Maestre, F. T., A. Escudero & A. Bonet (eds.). Introducción al análisis espacial de datos en ecología y ciencias ambientales: métodos y aplicaciones. URJC, AEET y CAM, Madrid (pages 617-635). [pdf]


1. Soliveres-Codina, S., García-Palacios, P., Castillo-Monroy, A.P., Escudero, A., Valladares, F. & Maestre, F.T. 2008. Las interacciones planta-planta varían con el nivel de estrés abiótico: Dos estudios de caso en clima semiárido. Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales 28: 271-276. [pdf]




Pablo García Palacios

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Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias (ICA)

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