Global diversity of drought tolerance and grassland climate-change resilience

  title={Global diversity of drought tolerance and grassland climate-change resilience},
  author={Joseph M. Craine and Troy W. Ocheltree and Jesse B Nippert and Elizabeth Towne and Adam M. Skibbe and Steven W. Kembel and Joseph E. Fargione},
Drought reduces plant productivity, induces widespread plant mortality and limits the geographic distribution of plant species1–7. As climates warm and precipitation patterns shift in the future8,9, understanding the distribution of the diversity of plant drought tolerance is central to predicting future ecosystem function and resilience to climate change10–12. These questions are especially pressing for the world’s 11,000 grass species13, which dominate a large fraction of the terrestrial… CONTINUE READING


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