Plant diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality peak at intermediate levels of woody cover in global drylands.

@article{Soliveres2014PlantDA,
  title={Plant diversity and ecosystem multifunctionality peak at intermediate levels of woody cover in global drylands.},
  author={Santiago Soliveres and Fernando T Maestre and David J Eldridge and Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo and Jose Luis Quero and Matthew A Bowker and Antonio Gallardo},
  journal={Global ecology and biogeography : a journal of macroecology},
  year={2014},
  volume={23 12},
  pages={
          1408-1416
        }
}
AIM The global spread of woody plants into grasslands is predicted to increase over the coming century. While there is general agreement regarding the anthropogenic causes of this phenomenon, its ecological consequences are less certain. We analyzed how woody vegetation of differing cover affects plant diversity (richness and evenness) and multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality) in global drylands, and how this changes with aridity. LOCATION 224 dryland sites from all continents… CONTINUE READING
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