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

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Science  29 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6272, pp. 457
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad6236


Fraser et al. (Reports, 17 July 2015, p. 302) report a unimodal relationship between productivity and species richness at regional and global scales, which they contrast with the results of Adler et al. (Reports, 23 September 2011, p. 1750). However, both data sets, when analyzed correctly, show clearly and consistently that productivity is a poor predictor of local species richness.

  • Core authors that led the analysis and wrote the paper. All other authors, listed alphabetically, are Nutrient Network members and/or coauthors of Adler et al. (2011) who sign our Comment in support to show consensus among the Nutrient Network.

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