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Brian W. Brassard, Han Y. H. Chen, Xavier Cavard, Jérôme Laganière, Peter B. Reich, Yves Bergeron, David Paré and Zhiyou Yuan Tree species diversity increases fine root productivity through increased soil volume filling Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12023

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Our results provide some of the first direct evidence for below-ground species complementarity in heterogeneous natural forests, by demonstrating that tree species evenness increases fine root productivity by filling/exploiting the soil environment more completely in space and time, driven by differences in the inherent rooting traits of the component species and variations of root growth within species.

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