Forest succession

Functional diversity and identity are important drivers of tree growth across the European continent but their relative importance changes with climate

The relative contribution of community functional diversity and composition to ecosystem functioning is a critical question in ecology in order to enable better predictions of how ecosystems may respond to a changing climate. However there is little consensus of which modes of functional biodiversity are most important for tree growth at large spatial scales. We assessed the relative importance of climate, functional diversity and functional identity (i.e. the community mean values of five key functional traits) for tree growth across the European continent, spanning the northern boreal to...
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