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Traits of dominant plant species drive normalized difference vegetation index in grasslands globally (2023)
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Engel, T., Bruelheide, H., Hoss, D., Sabatini, F. M., Altman, J., Arfin-Khan, M. A., …Pillar, V. (2023). Traits of dominant plant species drive normalized difference vegetation index in grasslands globally. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 32(5), 695-706. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13644

Aim: Theoretical, experimental and observational studies have shown that biodiversity–ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships are influenced by functional community structure through two mutually non-exclusive mechanisms: (1) the dominance effect (... Read More about Traits of dominant plant species drive normalized difference vegetation index in grasslands globally.

Links to rare climates do not translate into distinct traits for island endemics (2023)
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Cutts, V., Hanz, D. M., Barajas-Barbosa, M. P., Schrodt, F., Steinbauer, M. J., Beierkuhnlein, C., …Algar, A. C. (2023). Links to rare climates do not translate into distinct traits for island endemics. Ecology Letters, 26(4), 504-515. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.14169

Current models of island biogeography treat endemic and non-endemic species as if they were functionally equivalent, focussing primarily on species richness. Thus, the functional composition of island biotas in relation to island biogeographical vari... Read More about Links to rare climates do not translate into distinct traits for island endemics.

Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity (2022)
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Sabatini, F. M., Jiménez-Alfaro, B., Jandt, U., Chytrý, M., Field, R., Kessler, M., …Bruelheide, H. (2022). Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity. Nature Communications, 13(1), Article 4683. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32063-z

Global patterns of regional (gamma) plant diversity are relatively well known, but whether these patterns hold for local communities, and the dependence on spatial grain, remain controversial. Using data on 170,272 georeferenced local plant assemblag... Read More about Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity.

High exposure of global tree diversity to human pressure (2022)
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Guo, W., Serra-Diaz, J. M., Schrodt, F., Eiserhardt, W. L., Maitner, B. S., Merow, C., …Svenning, J. (2022). High exposure of global tree diversity to human pressure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(25), Article e2026733119. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2026733119

Safeguarding Earth’s tree diversity is a conservation priority due to the importance of trees for biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services such as carbon sequestration. Here, we improve the foundation for effective conservation of global tre... Read More about High exposure of global tree diversity to human pressure.