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Journal Articles Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Year : 2023

Functional trait trade-offs define plant population stability across different biomes

Luisa Conti
Thomas Galland
Lars Götzenberger
Jan Lepš
Anna E-Vojtkó
Carlos Carmona
Maria Májeková
Jiří Danihelka
Jürgen Dengler
David Eldridge
Marc Estiarte
Ricardo García-González
Eric Garnier
Daniel Gómez
Věra Hadincová
Susan Harrison
Tomáš Herben
Ricardo Ibáñez
Anke Jentsch
Norbert Juergens
Miklós Kertész
František Krahulec
Rob Marrs
Gábor Ónodi
Robin Pakeman
Meelis Pärtel
Begoña Peco
Josep Peñuelas
Marta Rueda
Wolfgang Schmidt
Ute Schmiedel
Martin Schuetz
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Hana Skalova
Petr Šmilauer
Marie Šmilauerová
Christian Smit
Minghua Song
Martin Stock
James Val
Vigdis Vandvik
David Ward
Karsten Wesche
Susan Wiser
Ben Woodcock
Truman Young
Fei-Hai Yu
Martin Zobel
Francesco de Bello


Ecological theory posits that temporal stability patterns in plant populations are associated with differences in species' ecological strategies. However, empirical evidence is lacking about which traits, or trade-offs, underlie species stability, especially across different biomes. We compiled a worldwide collection of long-term permanent vegetation records (greater than 7000 plots from 78 datasets) from a large range of habitats which we combined with existing trait databases. We tested whether the observed inter-annual variability in species abundance (coefficient of variation) was related to multiple individual traits. We found that populations with greater leaf dry matter content and seed mass were more stable over time. Despite the variability explained by these traits being low, their effect was consistent across different datasets. Other traits played a significant, albeit weaker, role in species stability, and the inclusion of multi-variate axes or phylogeny did not substantially modify nor improve predictions. These results provide empirical evidence and highlight the relevance of specific ecological trade-offs, i.e. in different resource-use and dispersal strategies, for plant populations stability across multiple biomes. Further research is, however, necessary to integrate and evaluate the role of other specific traits, often not available in databases, and intraspecific trait variability in modulating species stability.
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hal-04169657 , version 1 (26-10-2023)




Luisa Conti, Enrique Valencia, Thomas Galland, Lars Götzenberger, Jan Lepš, et al.. Functional trait trade-offs define plant population stability across different biomes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2023, 290 (2001), pp.20230344. ⟨10.1098/rspb.2023.0344⟩. ⟨hal-04169657⟩
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