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Response to Comments 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.1214939

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Abstract

Pan et al. claim that our results actually support a strong linear positive relationship between productivity and richness, whereas Fridley et al. contend that the data support a strong humped relationship. These responses illustrate how preoccupation with bivariate patterns distracts from a deeper understanding of the multivariate mechanisms that control these important ecosystem properties.

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