Stabilizing effects of diversity on aboveground wood production in forest ecosystems: linking patterns and processes
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Jucker, T., Bouriaud, O., Avacaritei, D., & Coomes, D. (2014). Stabilizing effects of diversity on aboveground wood production in forest ecosystems: linking patterns and processes. Ecology Letters, 17 1560-1569. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12382
Both theory and evidence suggest that diversity stabilizes productivity in herbaceous plant communities through a combination of overyielding, species asynchrony and favourable species interactions. However, whether these same processes also promote stability in forest ecosystems has never been tested. Using tree ring data from permanent forest plots across Europe, we show that aboveground wood production is inherently more stable through time in mixed-species forests. Faster rates of wood production (i.e., overyielding), decreased year-to-year variation in productivity through asynchronous responses of species to climate, and greater temporal stability in the growth rates of individual tree species all contributed strongly to stabilizing productivity in mixed stands. Together, these findings reveal the central role of diversity in stabilizing productivity in forests, and bring us closer to understanding the processes which enable diverse forests to remain productive under a wide range of environmental conditions.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12382
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246368