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Citation. Tilman, D.; Reich, P.B.; Knops, J. 2007. Ecology - Diversity and stability in plant communities – Reply. NATURE 446:E6-E8.
Abstract. Bezemer and van der Putten observe that greater initial plant diversity is associated with greater productivity (total above-ground plant biomass), greater ecosystem temporal stability and greater stability of plant community composition (that is, lower per-species extinction and colonization rates). Their results are consistent with the results of our biodiversity experiment and with predictions of theory, but with an intriguing twist.