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Biodiversity Mediates Productivity Through Different Mechanisms At Adjacent Trophic Levels, Zt Long, Jf Bruno, Je Duffy Nov 2007

Biodiversity Mediates Productivity Through Different Mechanisms At Adjacent Trophic Levels, Zt Long, Jf Bruno, Je Duffy

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Biodiversity may enhance productivity either because diverse communities more often contain productive species (selection effects) or because they show greater complementarity in resource use. Our understanding of how these effects influence community production comes almost entirely from studies of plants. To test whether previous results apply to higher trophic levels, we first used simulations to derive expected contributions of selection and complementarity to production in competitive assemblages defined by either neutral interactions, dominance, or a trade-off between growth and competitive ability. The three types of simulated assemblages exhibited distinct interaction signatures when diversity effects were partitioned into selection and complementarity ...