publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

Experimental evidence that evolutionarily diverse assemblages result in higher productivity

Cadotte, M. W.;
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  • Published: 14 May 2013 Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, volume 110, pages 8,996-9,000 (issn: 0027-8424, eissn: 1091-6490, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Proceedings of the 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: Multidisciplinary, Monoculture, Species richness, Ecosystem, Biomass, Ecosystem services, Biota, Biodiversity, Biology, Ecology, Complementarity (molecular biology), Biological Sciences
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