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dc.contributor.authorRatcliffe, Sophiaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorLiebergesell, Marioen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Benito, Palomaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMadrigal-Gonzalez, Jaimeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMuñoz Castañeda, Jose Men_UK
dc.contributor.authorKändler, Geralden_UK
dc.contributor.authorLehtonen, Aleksien_UK
dc.contributor.authorDahlgren, Jonasen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKattge, Jensen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPeñuelas, Josepen_UK
dc.contributor.authorZavala, Miguel Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWirth, Christianen_UK
dc.description.abstractAim  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 about which modes of functional biodiversity are most important for tree growth at large spatial scales. Here we assessed the relative importance of climate, functional diversity and functional identity (i.e. the community mean values of four key functional traits) for tree growth across the European continent, spanning the northern boreal to the southern Mediterranean forests.  Location  Finland, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Wallonia (Belgium).  Methods  Using data from five European national forest inventories we applied a hierarchical linear model to estimate the sensitivity of tree growth to changes in climate, functional diversity and functional identity along a latitudinal gradient.  Results  Functional diversity was weakly related to tree growth in the temperate and boreal regions and more strongly in the Mediterranean region. In the temperate region, where climate was the most important predictor, functional diversity and identity had a similar importance for tree growth. Functional identity was strongest at the latitudinal extremes of the continent, largely driven by strong changes in the importance of maximum height along the latitudinal gradient.  Main conclusions  Functional diversity is an important driver of tree growth in the Mediterranean region, providing evidence that niche complementarity may be more important for tree growth in water-limited forests. The strong influence of functional identity at the latitudinal extremes indicates the importance of a particular trait composition for tree growth in harsh climates. Furthermore, we speculate that this functional identity signal may reflect a trait-based differentiation of successional stages rather than abiotic filtering due to water or energy limitation.en_UK
dc.relationRatcliffe S, Liebergesell M, Ruiz-Benito P, Madrigal-Gonzalez J, Muñoz Castañeda JM, Kändler G, Lehtonen A, Dahlgren J, Kattge J, Peñuelas J, Zavala MA & Wirth C (2016) Modes of functional biodiversity control on tree productivity across the European continent. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25 (3), pp. 251-262.
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dc.subjectClimatic gradienten_UK
dc.subjectenvironmental filteringen_UK
dc.subjectforest successionen_UK
dc.subjectlandscape scaleen_UK
dc.subjectplant functional traitsen_UK
dc.subjecttree productivityen_UK
dc.titleModes of functional biodiversity control on tree productivity across the European continenten_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleGlobal Ecology and Biogeographyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Alcalaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationForest Research Institute of Baden-Wurttemberg (FISA)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSwedish University of Agricultural Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationMax Planck Institute of Biochemistryen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCentre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Alcalaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorRatcliffe, Sophia|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLiebergesell, Mario|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRuiz-Benito, Paloma|0000-0002-2781-5870en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMadrigal-Gonzalez, Jaime|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMuñoz Castañeda, Jose M|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKändler, Gerald|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLehtonen, Aleksi|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDahlgren, Jonas|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKattge, Jens|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPeñuelas, Josep|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorZavala, Miguel A|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWirth, Christian|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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