Diversity, functional similarity, and top-down control drive synchronization and the reliability of ecosystem function.

@article{Bauer2013DiversityFS,
  title={Diversity, functional similarity, and top-down control drive synchronization and the reliability of ecosystem function.},
  author={Barbara Bauer and Matthijs Vos and Toni Klauschies and Ursula Gaedke},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2013},
  volume={183 3},
  pages={
          394-409
        }
}
The concept that diversity promotes reliability of ecosystem function depends on the pattern that community-level biomass shows lower temporal variability than species-level biomasses. However, this pattern is not universal, as it relies on compensatory or independent species dynamics. When in contrast within-trophic level synchronization occurs, variability of community biomass will approach population-level variability. Current knowledge fails to integrate how species richness, functional… CONTINUE READING
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