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Oecologia

, Volume 125, Issue 1, pp 101–108 | Cite as

Observational evidence that diversity may increase productivity in Mediterranean shrublands

  • A. Y. Troumbis
  • Dimitris Memtsas
Article

Abstract 

This paper reports field observational evidence on the diversity-biomass production relationship from eastern Mediterranean shrublands dominated by Cistus salviifolius. The main results are: (1) plant diversity and ecosystem primary production are positively correlated in the Cistus shrublands, which are multigrowth form systems; (2) the taxonomic and growth form diversity in Cistus shrublands suggests that there is strong differentiation along the structural niche axis, and thus functional redundancy is weak; (3) the performance of the dominant Cistus in terms of biomass production did not affect the overall diversity-biomass production of the studied communities.

Key words

Diversity Productivity Mediterranean shrublands Cistus 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Y. Troumbis
    • 1
  • Dimitris Memtsas
    • 1
  1. 1.Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory, University of the Aegean, Lesvos Island, 81100, Greece e-mail: atro@aegean.gr Fax: +30-251-41647Greece

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