Species loss is detrimental for forest stand volume and these effects strengthen with age in forests.

URPP GCB 's Pascal Niklaus, Bernhard Schmid and co-authors found that directed species loss may severely hamper productivity in already diverse young forests in a recent publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Read the paper to find out how by simulating random and non-random extinction scenarios in an experimental subtropical Chinese forest, the researchers find that species loss is detrimental for stand volume and these effects strengthen with age.

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1127-4

Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

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