Comment on “Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness”

Tredennick, Andrew T., Adler, Peter B., Grace, James B., Harpole, W. Stanley, Borer, Elizabeth T., Seabloom, Eric W., Anderson, T. Michael, Bakker, Jonathan D., Biederman, Lori A., Brown, Cynthia S., Buckley, Yvonne M., Chu, Chengjin, Collins, Scott L., Crawley, Michael J., Fay, Philip A., Firn, Jennifer, Gruner, Daniel S., Hagenah, Nicole, Hautier, Yann, Hector, Andy, Hillebrand, Helmut, Kirkman, Kevin, Knops, Johannes M. H., Laungani, Ramesh, Lind, Eric M., MacDougall, Andrew S., McCulley, Rebecca L., Mitchell, Charles E., Moore, Joslin L., Morgan, John M., Orrock, John L., Peri, Pablo L., Prober, Suzanne M., Risch, Anita C., Schutz, Martin, Speziale, Karina L., Standish, Rachel J., Sullivan, Lauren L., Wardle, Glenda M., Williams, Ryan J., & Yang, Louie H. (2016) Comment on “Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness”. Science, 351(6272), p. 457.

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Fraser et al. (Reports, 17 July 2015, p. 302) report a unimodal relationship between productivity and species richness at regional and global scales, which they contrast with the results of Adler et al. (Reports, 23 September 2011, p. 1750). However, both data sets, when analyzed correctly, show clearly and consistently that productivity is a poor predictor of local species richness.

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ID Code: 96509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hump back curve, productivity biodiversity relationship
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6236
ISSN: 1095-9203
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200) > Community Ecology (060202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2016 23:05
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 02:08

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