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Ecology: Diversity and stability in plant communities

Bezemer, T.M. and Van der Putten, W.H. (2007) Ecology: Diversity and stability in plant communities. Nature, 446, E6-E7. ISSN 0028-0836.

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The relationship between species diversity and ecosystem stability is controversial1, 2. Tilman et al.3 analyse biomass patterns over a decade in a grassland experiment with artificial plant communities, and provide evidence for a positive relationship between the number of plant species and the temporal stability of the ecosystem. Here we use data from a long-term biodiversity experiment with plant communities that were not controlled by weeding4 in order to show that diverse systems can be both stable and unstable.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:4559
Deposited On:16 Sep 2009 02:00
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