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Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands
Nature (2014)
  • Peter B. Adler

Studies of experimental grassland communities have demonstrated that plant diversity can stabilize productivity through species asynchrony, in which decreases in the biomass of some species are compensated for by increases in others. However, it remains unknown whether these findings are relevant to natural ecosystems, especially those for which species diversity is threatened by anthropogenic global change. Here we analyse diversity–stability relationships from grasslands on five continents and examine how these relationships are affected by chronic fertilization, one of the strongest drivers of species loss globally...

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Peter B. Adler. "Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands" Nature Vol. 508 (2014)
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