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Response to Comment on “Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness”

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Science  04 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6265, pp. 1177
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad4874


Laanisto and Hutchings claim that the local species pool is a more important predictor of local plant species richness than biomass and that when the species pool is considered, there is no hump-backed relationship between biomass and richness. However, we show that by calculating a more appropriate measure of species pool, community completeness, both regional and local processes shape local richness.

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