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Functional identity is more important than diversity in influencing ecosystem processes in a temperate native grassland

Mokany, Karel; Ash, Julian; Roxburgh, Stephen H.


1. Experimental studies have provided significant knowledge of how biodiversity can influence ecosystem processes. However, there is a growing need to relate these findings to natural communities. 2. Here we identify two major hypotheses for how communities may influence ecosystem processes: the 'diversity hypothesis' (the diversity of organisms in a community influences ecosystem processes through mechanisms such as complementary resource use), and the 'mass ratio hypothesis' (ecosystem...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2008.01395.x


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