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Comment on “Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness”

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Science  23 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6075, pp. 1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.1214786

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Adler et al. (Reports, 23 September 2011, p. 1750) analyzed the standardized sampling data from 48 herbaceous-dominated plant communities and concluded that “Productivity is a poor predictor of plant species richness” at fine-scale. However, their method was biased toward site-number–dominated plant communities. They also failed to provide enough data for regional analysis and detailed information for within-site analysis.

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