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Record number 508889
Title Positive biodiversity-productivity relationship predominant in global forests
Author(s) Liang, J.; Crowther, T.W.; Picard, N.; Wiser, S.; Zhou, M.; Alberti, G.; Schulze, E.D.; Mcguire, A.D.; Bozzato, F.; Pretzsch, H.; Miguel, S. de; Paquette, A.; Herault, B.; Scherer-lorenzen, M.; Barrett, C.B.; Glick, H.B.; Hengeveld, G.M.; Nabuurs, Gert-Jan; Pfautsch, S.; Viana, H.; Vibrans, A.C.; Ammer, C.; Schall, P.; Verbyla, D.; Tchebakova, N.; Fischer, M.; Watson, J.V.; Chen, Han Y.H.; Lei, X.; Schelhaas, M.J.; Lu, Huicui; Gianelle, D.; Parfenova, E.I.; Salas, C.; Lee, E.; Lee, B.; Kim, H.S.; Bruelheide, H.; Coomes, D.A.; Piotto, D.; Sunderland, T.; Schmid, B.; Gourlet-Fleury, S.; Sonke, B.; Tavani, R.; Zhu, J.; Brandl, S.; Vayreda, J.; Kitahara, F.; Searle, E.B.; Neldner, V.J.; Ngugi, M.R.; Baraloto, C.; Frizzera, L.; Ba Azy, R.; Oleksyn, J.; Zawila-Niedzwiecki, T.; Bouriaud, O.; Bussotti, F.; Finer, L.; Jaroszewicz, B.; Jucker, T.; Valladares, F.; Jagodzinski, A.M.; Peri, P.L.; Gonmadje, C.; Marthy, W.; Obrien, T.; Martin, E.H.; Marshall, A.R.; Rovero, F.; Bitariho, R.; Niklaus, P.A.; Alvarez-Loayza, P.; Chamuya, N.; Valencia, R.; Mortier, F.; Wortel, V.; Engone-Obiang, N.L.; Ferreira, L.V.; Odeke, D.E.; Vasquez, R.M.; Lewis, S.L.; Reich, P.B.
Source Science 354 (2016)6309. - ISSN 0036-8075 - 15 p.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf8957
Department(s) Education and Competence Studies
Forest and Nature Conservation Policy
Biometris (PPO/PRI)
Alterra - Vegetation, forest and landscape ecology
PE&RC
Forest Ecology and Forest Management
Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract The biodiversity-productivity relationship (BPR) is foundational to our understanding of the global extinction crisis and its impacts on ecosystem functioning. Understanding BPR is critical for the accurate valuation and effective conservation of biodiversity. Using ground-sourced data from 777,126 permanent plots, spanning 44 countries and most terrestrial biomes, we reveal a globally consistent positive concave-down BPR, showing that continued biodiversity loss would result in an accelerating decline in forest productivity worldwide. The value of biodiversity in maintaining commercial forest productivity alone—US$166 billion to 490 billion per year according to our estimation—is more than twice what it would cost to implement effective global conservation. This highlights the need for a worldwide reassessment of biodiversity values, forest management strategies, and conservation priorities.
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