The fundamental mechanisms underlying global productivity-diversity patterns
have been debated by ecologists for decades. Methodological advances are now permitting a glimpse at the processes that lie behind surface patterns.
We considered data generated by the Nutrient Network, a global scientific cooperative that examined 40+ grass-dominated plant communities from across the planet. Indeed, we used data from over a thousand grassland plots spanning five continents.
|Location of the NutNet study sites across the world|
|One of the Australian NutNet sites, from Western Australia|
Further information: Grace et al. (2016) Integrative modelling reveals mechanisms linking productivity and plant species richness. Nature doi:10.1038/nature16524