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Phylogenetic diversity promotes ecosystem stability

Cadotte, Marc W.; Dinnage, Russell; Tilman, David

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Ecosystem stability in variable environments depends on the diversity of form and function of the constituent species. Species phenotypes and ecologies are the product of evolution, and the evolutionary history represented by co-occurring species has been shown to be an important predictor of ecosystem function. If phylogenetic distance is a surrogate for ecological differences, then greater evolutionary diversity should buffer ecosystems against environmental variation and result in greater...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/152282
Source: Ecology
Access Rights: Open Access

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