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Plant Species Richness and Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Global Drylands

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2012
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5 blogs
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77 tweeters
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1 Google+ user
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Title
Plant Species Richness and Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Global Drylands
Published in
Science, January 2012
DOI 10.1126/science.1215442
Pubmed ID
Authors

F. T. Maestre, J. L. Quero, N. J. Gotelli, A. Escudero, V. Ochoa, M. Delgado-Baquerizo, M. Garcia-Gomez, M. A. Bowker, S. Soliveres, C. Escolar, P. Garcia-Palacios, M. Berdugo, E. Valencia, B. Gozalo, A. Gallardo, L. Aguilera, T. Arredondo, J. Blones, B. Boeken, D. Bran, A. A. Conceicao, O. Cabrera, M. Chaieb, M. Derak, D. J. Eldridge, C. I. Espinosa, A. Florentino, J. Gaitan, M. G. Gatica, W. Ghiloufi, S. Gomez-Gonzalez, J. R. Gutierrez, R. M. Hernandez, X. Huang, E. Huber-Sannwald, M. Jankju, M. Miriti, J. Monerris, R. L. Mau, E. Morici, K. Naseri, A. Ospina, V. Polo, A. Prina, E. Pucheta, D. A. Ramirez-Collantes, R. Romao, M. Tighe, C. Torres-Diaz, J. Val, J. P. Veiga, D. Wang, E. Zaady

Abstract

Experiments suggest that biodiversity enhances the ability of ecosystems to maintain multiple functions, such as carbon storage, productivity, and the buildup of nutrient pools (multifunctionality). However, the relationship between biodiversity and multifunctionality has never been assessed globally in natural ecosystems. We report here on a global empirical study relating plant species richness and abiotic factors to multifunctionality in drylands, which collectively cover 41% of Earth's land surface and support over 38% of the human population. Multifunctionality was positively and significantly related to species richness. The best-fitting models accounted for over 55% of the variation in multifunctionality and always included species richness as a predictor variable. Our results suggest that the preservation of plant biodiversity is crucial to buffer negative effects of climate change and desertification in drylands.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 23 1%
Germany 14 <1%
France 10 <1%
Japan 10 <1%
Brazil 10 <1%
Spain 9 <1%
United Kingdom 7 <1%
Sweden 6 <1%
Argentina 6 <1%
Other 65 4%
Unknown 1378 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 367 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 350 23%
Student > Master 168 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 101 7%
Professor 90 6%
Other 320 21%
Unknown 142 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 684 44%
Environmental Science 431 28%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 73 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 1%
Social Sciences 13 <1%
Other 68 4%
Unknown 247 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 81. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 April 2021.
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#314,578
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Outputs from Science
#9,289
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Outputs of similar age
#2,309
of 227,380 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#50
of 748 outputs
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