publication . Other literature type . Article . 2013

Experimental evidence that evolutionarily diverse assemblages result in higher productivity

Cadotte, M. W.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 14 May 2013
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
There now is ample experimental evidence that speciose assemblages are more productive and provide a greater amount of ecosystem services than depauperate ones. However, these experiments often conclude that there is a higher probability of including complementary species combinations in assemblages with more species and lack a priori prediction about which species combinations maximize function. Here, I report the results of an experiment manipulating the evolutionary relatedness of constituent plant species across a richness gradient. I show that assemblages with distantly related species contributed most to the higher biomass production in multispecies assemb...
free text keywords: Biological Sciences, Multidisciplinary
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