Biodiversity and stability in grasslands

@article{Tilman1994BiodiversityAS,
  title={Biodiversity and stability in grasslands},
  author={D. Tilman and J. Downing},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1994},
  volume={367},
  pages={363-365}
}
ONE of the ecological tenets justifying conservation of biodiversity is that diversity begets stability. Impacts of biodiversity on population dynamics and ecosystem functioning have long been debated1–7, however, with many theoretical explorations2–6,8–11 but few field studies12–15. Here we describe a long-term study of grasslands16,17 which shows that primary productivity in more diverse plant communities is more resistant to, and recovers more fully from, a major drought. The curvilinear… Expand
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