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Comment on "Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness"

Fridley, Jason D.; Grime, J. Philip; Huston, Michael A.; Pierce, Simon; Smart, Simon M.; Thompson, Ken; Borger, Luca; Brooker, Rob W.; Cerabolini, Bruno E.L.; Gross, Nicolas; Liancourt, Pierre; Michalet, Richard; Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Yoann. 2012 Comment on "Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness". Science, 335 (6075). 1441. 10.1126/science.1215042

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Abstract/Summary

Adler et al. (Reports, 23 September 2011, p. 1750) reported “weak and variable” relationships between productivity and species richness and dispute the “humped-back” model (HBM) of plant diversity. We show that their analysis lacks sufficient high-productivity sites, ignores litter, and excludes anthropogenic sites. If corrected, the data set of Adler et al. would apparently yield strong HBM support.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1126/science.1215042
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity > BD - 1.4 - Quantify and model interactions to determine impacts ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment > BD - 2.4 - Estimate the impact of the main drivers and pressures on biodiversity ...
CEH Sections: Parr
ISSN: 0036-8075
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 17 Apr 2012 13:31
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17683

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