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Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale

Enrique Valencia 1 Francesco de Bello 2, 1 Thomas Galland 3, 2 Peter Adler 4 Jan Lepš 2, 3 Anna E-Vojtkó 2, 3 Roel van Klink 5 Carlos Carmona 6 Jiří Danihelka 7, 3 Jürgen Dengler 8, 5, 9 David Eldridge 10 Marc Estiarte 11 Ricardo García-González 12 Eric Garnier 13 Daniel Gómez‐garcía 12 Susan Harrison 14 Tomáš Herben 3, 15 Ricardo Ibáñez 16 Anke Jentsch 9 Norbert Juergens 17 Miklós Kertész 18 Katja Klumpp 19 Frédérique Louault 19 Rob Marrs 20 Romà Ogaya 11, 21 Gábor Ónodi 18 Robin Pakeman 22 Iker Pardo 23 Meelis Pärtel 6 Begoña Peco 24 Josep Peñuelas 23 Richard Pywell 25 Marta Rueda 12 Wolfgang Schmidt 26 Ute Schmiedel 27 Martin Schuetz 28 Hana Skálová 3 Petr Šmilauer 2 Marie Šmilauerová 2 Christian Smit 29 Minghua Song 30 Martin Stock 31 James Val 10 Vigdis Vandvik 32, 33 David Ward 34 Karsten Wesche 5, 35 Susan Wiser 36 Ben Woodcock 25 Truman Young 14 Fei-Hai Yu 37 Martin Zobel 6 Lars Götzenberger 2, 38 
Abstract : The stability of ecological communities is critical for the stable provisioning of ecosystem services, such as food and forage production, carbon sequestration, and soil fertility. Greater biodiversity is expected to enhance stability across years by decreasing synchrony among species, but the drivers of stability in nature remain poorly resolved. Our analysis of time series from 79 datasets across the world showed that stability was associated more strongly with the degree of synchrony among dominant species than with species richness. The relatively weak influence of species richness is consistent with theory predicting that the effect of richness on stability weakens when synchrony is higher than expected under random fluctuations, which was the case in most communities. Land management, nutrient addition, and climate change treatments had relatively weak and varying effects on stability, modifying how species richness, synchrony, and stability interact. Our results demonstrate the prevalence of biotic drivers on ecosystem stability, with the potential for environmental drivers to alter the intricate relationship among richness, synchrony, and stability.
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Enrique Valencia, Francesco de Bello, Thomas Galland, Peter Adler, Jan Lepš, et al.. Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, National Academy of Sciences, 2020, 117 (39), pp.24345-24351. ⟨10.1073/pnas.1920405117⟩. ⟨hal-03082939⟩



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