Spatial scale dictates the productivity–biodiversity relationship

@article{Chase2002SpatialSD,
  title={Spatial scale dictates the productivity–biodiversity relationship},
  author={Jonathan M. Chase and Mathew A. Leibold},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={416},
  pages={427-430}
}
The diversity of life is heterogeneously distributed across the Earth. A primary cause for this pattern is the heterogeneity in the amount of energy, or primary productivity (the rate of carbon fixed through photosynthesis), available to the biota in a given location. But the shape of the relationship between productivity and species diversity is highly variable. In many cases, the relationship is ‘hump-shaped’, where diversity peaks at intermediate productivity. In other cases, diversity… CONTINUE READING
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