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Diversity 2010, 2(4), 550-560; doi:10.3390/d2040550
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Spatial Structure Alters the Shape of the Unimodal Species Richness-Biomass Relationship in a Neutral Model

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Received: 5 January 2010; in revised form: 30 March 2010 / Accepted: 1 April 2010 / Published: 6 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity Theories and Perspectives)
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Abstract: Variation in individual density may explain the unimodal richness-biomass relationship in which species richness peaks at an intermediate level of total biomass. However, it is unclear how individual density is regulated by community thinning (i.e., mortality due to competition with neighbors) as total above-ground biomass increases. We developed a simulation model which demonstrates that the spatial structure of a population can influence the initiation and rate of community thinning and thus the shape of the richness-biomass relationship. Specifically, we found that more clustered populations resulted in a more abrupt initiation and rapid rate of thinning and thus a sharper unimodal richness-biomass relationship. Our simulation also demonstrated that a wide diversity of richness-biomass relationships can be produced by community-thinning.
Keywords: hump-shaped curve; productivity; biomass; community thinning; simulation; diversity hump-shaped curve; productivity; biomass; community thinning; simulation; diversity
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McGlinn, D.J.; Palmer, M.W. Spatial Structure Alters the Shape of the Unimodal Species Richness-Biomass Relationship in a Neutral Model. Diversity 2010, 2, 550-560.

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McGlinn DJ, Palmer MW. Spatial Structure Alters the Shape of the Unimodal Species Richness-Biomass Relationship in a Neutral Model. Diversity. 2010; 2(4):550-560.

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McGlinn, Daniel J.; Palmer, Michael W. 2010. "Spatial Structure Alters the Shape of the Unimodal Species Richness-Biomass Relationship in a Neutral Model." Diversity 2, no. 4: 550-560.


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