Water balance and water use efficiency on different scales

Competition and complementarity related to biodiversity affect the physiological parameters controlling the water balance. Spatial differentiation in the rooting zone and hydraulic redistribution increase stand water availability and thus drought resistance of diverse stands. Therefore it can be hypothesized that resistance to soil drought and water use efficiency are greater in diverse than in species poor communities.

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Arthur Gessler and Damien Bonal

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