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Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests

Overview of attention for article published in Science, October 2016
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52 news outlets
9 blogs
1 policy source
581 tweeters
33 Facebook pages
2 Google+ users
2 video uploaders


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Readers on

1182 Mendeley
3 CiteULike
Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests
Published in
Science, October 2016
DOI 10.1126/science.aaf8957
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J. Liang, T. W. Crowther, N. Picard, S. Wiser, M. Zhou, G. Alberti, E.-D. Schulze, A. D. McGuire, F. Bozzato, H. Pretzsch, S. de-Miguel, A. Paquette, B. Herault, M. Scherer-Lorenzen, C. B. Barrett, H. B. Glick, G. M. Hengeveld, G.-J. Nabuurs, S. Pfautsch, H. Viana, A. C. Vibrans, C. Ammer, P. Schall, D. Verbyla, N. Tchebakova, M. Fischer, J. V. Watson, H. Y. H. Chen, X. Lei, M.-J. Schelhaas, H. Lu, D. Gianelle, E. I. Parfenova, C. Salas, E. Lee, B. Lee, H. S. Kim, H. Bruelheide, D. A. Coomes, D. Piotto, T. Sunderland, B. Schmid, S. Gourlet-Fleury, B. Sonke, R. Tavani, J. Zhu, S. Brandl, J. Vayreda, F. Kitahara, E. B. Searle, V. J. Neldner, M. R. Ngugi, C. Baraloto, L. Frizzera, R. Ba azy, J. Oleksyn, T. Zawi a-Nied wiecki, O. Bouriaud, F. Bussotti, L. Finer, B. Jaroszewicz, T. Jucker, F. Valladares, A. M. Jagodzinski, P. L. Peri, C. Gonmadje, W. Marthy, T. OBrien, E. H. Martin, A. R. Marshall, F. Rovero, R. Bitariho, P. A. Niklaus, P. Alvarez-Loayza, N. Chamuya, R. Valencia, F. Mortier, V. Wortel, N. L. Engone-Obiang, L. V. Ferreira, D. E. Odeke, R. M. Vasquez, S. L. Lewis, P. B. Reich


The biodiversity-productivity relationship (BPR) is foundational to our understanding of the global extinction crisis and its impacts on ecosystem functioning. Understanding BPR is critical for the accurate valuation and effective conservation of biodiversity. Using ground-sourced data from 777,126 permanent plots, spanning 44 countries and most terrestrial biomes, we reveal a globally consistent positive concave-down BPR, showing that continued biodiversity loss would result in an accelerating decline in forest productivity worldwide. The value of biodiversity in maintaining commercial forest productivity alone-US$166 billion to 490 billion per year according to our estimation-is more than twice what it would cost to implement effective global conservation. This highlights the need for a worldwide reassessment of biodiversity values, forest management strategies, and conservation priorities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 <1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Switzerland 5 <1%
United Kingdom 5 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Colombia 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Other 10 <1%
Unknown 1135 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 278 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 233 20%
Student > Master 159 13%
Student > Bachelor 84 7%
Professor 71 6%
Other 215 18%
Unknown 142 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 447 38%
Environmental Science 367 31%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 58 5%
Engineering 18 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 13 1%
Other 63 5%
Unknown 216 18%

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