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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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Plant Species Richness and Ecosystem Multifunctionality in Global Drylands
Published in
Science, January 2012
DOI 10.1126/science.1215442
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Fernando T. Maestre, José L. Quero, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Adrián Escudero, Victoria Ochoa, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Miguel García-Gómez, Matthew A. Bowker, Santiago Soliveres, Cristina Escolar, Pablo García-Palacios, Miguel Berdugo, Enrique Valencia, Beatriz Gozalo, Antonio Gallardo, Lorgio Aguilera, Tulio Arredondo, Julio Blones, Bertrand Boeken, Donaldo Bran, Abel A. Conceição, Omar Cabrera, Mohamed Chaieb, Mchich Derak, David J. Eldridge, Carlos I. Espinosa, Adriana Florentino, Juan Gaitán, M. Gabriel Gatica, Wahida Ghiloufi, Susana Gómez-González, Julio R. Gutiérrez, Rosa M. Hernández, Xuewen Huang, Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald, Mohammad Jankju, Maria Miriti, Jorge Monerris, Rebecca L. Mau, Ernesto Morici, Kamal Naseri, Abelardo Ospina, Vicente Polo, Aníbal Prina, Eduardo Pucheta, David A. Ramírez-Collantes, Roberto Romão, Matthew Tighe, Cristian Torres-Díaz, James Val, José P. Veiga, Deli Wang, Eli Zaady


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 13 <1%
Japan 10 <1%
Brazil 10 <1%
France 9 <1%
Spain 9 <1%
United Kingdom 7 <1%
Argentina 6 <1%
South Africa 6 <1%
Other 63 4%
Unknown 1533 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 387 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 368 22%
Student > Master 186 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 108 6%
Student > Bachelor 93 6%
Other 350 21%
Unknown 197 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 701 42%
Environmental Science 465 28%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 78 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 27 2%
Engineering 16 <1%
Other 91 5%
Unknown 311 18%

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