Diversity-productivity relationships: initial effects, long-term patterns, and underlying mechanisms.

@article{Ruijven2005DiversityproductivityRI,
  title={Diversity-productivity relationships: initial effects, long-term patterns, and underlying mechanisms.},
  author={Jasper van Ruijven and Frank Berendse},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 3},
  pages={695-700}
}
A common pattern emerging from studies on the relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning is that productivity increases with diversity. Most of these studies have been carried out in perennial grasslands, but many lasted only two growing seasons or reported data from a single year. Especially for perennial plant communities, however, the long-term effects of diversity are important. The question whether interactions between few species or among many species lead to increased… CONTINUE READING
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