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Comment on “Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment”

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Science  11 Jan 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6423, eaav9117
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav9117


Huang et al. (Reports, 5 October 2018, p. 80) report significant increases in forest productivity from monocultures to multispecies mixtures in subtropical China. However, their estimated productivity decrease due to a 10% tree species loss seems high. We propose that including species richness distribution of the study forests would provide more meaningful estimates of forest-scale responses.

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