Constraints in the compensatory response of a tallgrass prairie plant community to the loss of a dominant species
Biodiversity loss is one of the major consequences of global change driven by human activities. The loss of a dominant species is expected to have profound consequences on ecosystem processes (e.g. aboveground productivity) given their highest relative abundance and proportionally large contribution to community biomass production. However, through competitive release, the newly available resources following its lost, are expected to be utilized by the remaining species in the community to increase in abundance and compensate for the function lost. Complete functional compensation does not occur ...
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