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URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

Biodiversity protects against drought

Resistance of tropical seedlings to drought is mediated by neighbourhood diversity

Climate change will bring with it greater extremes in weather, in terms of both temperatures and precipitation. How do forests in tropical zones react to phases of drought? Does their biodiversity make a difference?

Biodiverse communities of trees are better at coping with phases of drought than uniform monocultures. This, at least, is the conclusion drawn from multi-year experiments with tree saplings.

Nature Ecology & Evolution (2017)