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Land use imperils plant and animal community stability through changes in asynchrony rather than diversity [Nature communications]

Subject terms : biological sciences, ecology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Human land use may detrimentally affect biodiversity, yet long-term stability of species communities is vital for maintaining ecosystem functioning. Community stability can be achieved by higher species diversity (portfolio effect), higher asynchrony across species (insurance hypothesis) and higher abundance of populations. However, the relative importance of these stabilizing pathways and whether they interact with land use in real-world ecosystems is unknown.(...)

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