Comment on "productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness"

Jason D. Fridley, J. Philip Grime, Michael A. Huston, Simon Pierce, Simon M. Smart, Ken Thompson, Luca Börger, Rob W. Brooker, Bruno E.L. Cerabolini, Nicolas Gross, Pierre Liancourt, Richard Michalet, Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet

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Adler et al. (Reports, 23 September 2011, p. 1750) reported "weak and variable" relationships between productivity and species richness and dispute the "humped-back" model (HBM) of plant diversity. We show that their analysis lacks sufficient high-productivity sites, ignores litter, and excludes anthropogenic sites. If corrected, the data set of Adler et al. would apparently yield strong HBM support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1441-b
Issue number6075
StatePublished - Mar 23 2012

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