Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale
Authors: Valencia, Enrique
de Bello, Francesco
Galland, Thomas
Adler, Peter B.
Lepš, Jan
E-Vojtkó, Anna
van Klink, Roel
Carmona, Carlos P.
Danihelka, Jiří
Dengler, Jürgen
Eldridge, David J.
Estiarte, Marc
García-González, Ricardo
Garnier, Eric
Gómez‐García, Daniel
Harrison, Susan P.
Herben, Tomáš
Ibáñez, Ricardo
Jentsch, Anke
Juergens, Norbert
Kertész, Miklós
Klumpp, Katja
Louault, Frédérique
Marrs, Rob H.
Ogaya, Romà
Ónodi, Gábor
Pakeman, Robin J.
Pardo, Iker
Pärtel, Meelis
Peco, Begoña
Peñuelas, Josep
Pywell, Richard F.
Rueda, Marta
Schmidt, Wolfgang
Schmiedel, Ute
Schuetz, Martin
Skálová, Hana
Šmilauer, Petr
Šmilauerová, Marie
Smit, Christian
Song, MingHua
Stock, Martin
Val, James
Vandvik, Vigdis
Ward, David
Wesche, Karsten
Wiser, Susan K.
Woodcock, Ben A.
Young, Truman P.
Yu, Fei-Hai
Zobel, Martin
Götzenberger, Lars
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1920405117
Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Pages: 201920405
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: National Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 0027-8424
Language: English
Subjects: Climate change driver; Evenness; Species richness; Stability; Synchrony
Subject (DDC): 333.7: Land, recreational areas and energy
577: Ecology
Abstract: The stability of ecological communities is critical for the stable provisioning of ecosystem services, such as food and forage production, carbon sequestration, and soil fertility. Greater biodiversity is expected to enhance stability across years by decreasing synchrony among species, but the drivers of stability in nature remain poorly resolved. Our analysis of time series from 79 datasets across the world showed that stability was associated more strongly with the degree of synchrony among dominant species than with species richness. The relatively weak influence of species richness is consistent with theory predicting that the effect of richness on stability weakens when synchrony is higher than expected under random fluctuations, which was the case in most communities. Land management, nutrient addition, and climate change treatments had relatively weak and varying effects on stability, modifying how species richness, synchrony, and stability interact. Our results demonstrate the prevalence of biotic drivers on ecosystem stability, with the potential for environmental drivers to alter the intricate relationship among richness, synchrony, and stability.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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