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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity
Authors: Sabatini, Francesco Maria
Jiménez-Alfaro, Borja
Jandt, Ute
Chytrý, Milan
Field, Richard
Kessler, Michael
Lenoir, Jonathan
Schrodt, Franziska
Wiser, Susan K.
Arfin Khan, Mohammed A. S.
Attorre, Fabio
Cayuela, Luis
De Sanctis, Michele
Dengler, Jürgen
Haider, Sylvia
Hatim, Mohamed Z.
Indreica, Adrian
Jansen, Florian
Pauchard, Aníbal
Peet, Robert K.
Petřík, Petr
Pillar, Valério D.
Sandel, Brody
Schmidt, Marco
Tang, Zhiyao
van Bodegom, Peter
Vassilev, Kiril
Violle, Cyrille
Alvarez-Davila, Esteban
Davidar, Priya
Dolezal, Jiri
Hérault, Bruno
Galán-de-Mera, Antonio
Jiménez, Jorge
Kambach, Stephan
Kepfer-Rojas, Sebastian
Kreft, Holger
Lezama, Felipe
Linares-Palomino, Reynaldo
Monteagudo Mendoza, Abel
N'Dja, Justin K.
Phillips, Oliver L.
Rivas-Torres, Gonzalo
Sklenář, Petr
Speziale, Karina
Strohbach, Ben J.
Vásquez Martínez, Rodolfo
Wang, Hua-Feng
Wesche, Karsten
Bruelheide, Helge
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32063-z
Published in: Nature Communications
Volume(Issue): 13
Issue: 1
Page(s): 4683
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2022
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2041-1723
Language: English
Subjects: Ecosystem; Plant; Biodiversity; Tracheophyta
Subject (DDC): 333: Economics of land and resources
580: Plants (Botany)
Abstract: Global patterns of regional (gamma) plant diversity are relatively well known, but whether these patterns hold for local communities, and the dependence on spatial grain, remain controversial. Using data on 170,272 georeferenced local plant assemblages, we created global maps of alpha diversity (local species richness) for vascular plants at three different spatial grains, for forests and non-forests. We show that alpha diversity is consistently high across grains in some regions (for example, Andean-Amazonian foothills), but regional 'scaling anomalies' (deviations from the positive correlation) exist elsewhere, particularly in Eurasian temperate forests with disproportionally higher fine-grained richness and many African tropical forests with disproportionally higher coarse-grained richness. The influence of different climatic, topographic and biogeographical variables on alpha diversity also varies across grains. Our multi-grain maps return a nuanced understanding of vascular plant biodiversity patterns that complements classic maps of biodiversity hotspots and will improve predictions of global change effects on biodiversity.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
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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Sabatini, F. M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Jandt, U., Chytrý, M., Field, R., Kessler, M., Lenoir, J., Schrodt, F., Wiser, S. K., Arfin Khan, M. A. S., Attorre, F., Cayuela, L., De Sanctis, M., Dengler, J., Haider, S., Hatim, M. Z., Indreica, A., Jansen, F., Pauchard, A., et al. (2022). Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity. Nature Communications, 13(1), 4683.
Sabatini, F.M. et al. (2022) ‘Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity’, Nature Communications, 13(1), p. 4683. Available at:
F. M. Sabatini et al., “Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity,” Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 1, p. 4683, Sep. 2022, doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-32063-z.
SABATINI, Francesco Maria, Borja JIMÉNEZ-ALFARO, Ute JANDT, Milan CHYTRÝ, Richard FIELD, Michael KESSLER, Jonathan LENOIR, Franziska SCHRODT, Susan K. WISER, Mohammed A. S. ARFIN KHAN, Fabio ATTORRE, Luis CAYUELA, Michele DE SANCTIS, Jürgen DENGLER, Sylvia HAIDER, Mohamed Z. HATIM, Adrian INDREICA, Florian JANSEN, Aníbal PAUCHARD, Robert K. PEET, Petr PETŘÍK, Valério D. PILLAR, Brody SANDEL, Marco SCHMIDT, Zhiyao TANG, Peter VAN BODEGOM, Kiril VASSILEV, Cyrille VIOLLE, Esteban ALVAREZ-DAVILA, Priya DAVIDAR, Jiri DOLEZAL, Bruno HÉRAULT, Antonio GALÁN-DE-MERA, Jorge JIMÉNEZ, Stephan KAMBACH, Sebastian KEPFER-ROJAS, Holger KREFT, Felipe LEZAMA, Reynaldo LINARES-PALOMINO, Abel MONTEAGUDO MENDOZA, Justin K. N’DJA, Oliver L. PHILLIPS, Gonzalo RIVAS-TORRES, Petr SKLENÁŘ, Karina SPEZIALE, Ben J. STROHBACH, Rodolfo VÁSQUEZ MARTÍNEZ, Hua-Feng WANG, Karsten WESCHE und Helge BRUELHEIDE, 2022. Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity. Nature Communications. 1 September 2022. Bd. 13, Nr. 1, S. 4683. DOI 10.1038/s41467-022-32063-z
Sabatini, Francesco Maria, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Ute Jandt, Milan Chytrý, Richard Field, Michael Kessler, Jonathan Lenoir, et al. 2022. “Global Patterns of Vascular Plant Alpha Diversity.” Nature Communications 13 (1): 4683.
Sabatini, Francesco Maria, et al. “Global Patterns of Vascular Plant Alpha Diversity.” Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 1, Sept. 2022, p. 4683,

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