Title

Mechanisms of Positive Biodiversity-Production Relationships: Insights Provided by δ13C Analysis in Experimental Mediterranean Grassland Plots

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Ecology Letters

Volume

4

Issue

5

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date

2001

First Page

439

Last Page

443

DOI

10.1111/j.1461-0248.2001.00238.x

Abstract

We investigated the role of water use in a Mediterranean grassland, in which diversity was experimentally manipulated, and a positive relationship was observed between plant species richness and productivity. Soil moisture patterns and stable carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) in leaves indicated greater water use by plants growing in species-rich mixtures compared to monocultures. These results suggest that complementarity or facilitation may be the mechanism responsible for the positive relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem processes.

Comments

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