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Jan C. Ruppert, Alexander Holm, Sabine Miehe, Esteban Muldavin, Hennie A. Snyman, Karsten Wesche and Anja Linstädter Meta-analysis of ANPP and rain-use efficiency confirms indicative value for degradation and supports non-linear response along precipitation gradients in drylands Journal of Vegetation Science 23

Version of Record online: 17 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01420.x

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The response of ANPP and rain-use efficiency (RUE) to different ecological parameters (climate, soil and land use) was tested by meta-analysis and linear-piecewise quantile regression. We found that ANPP was affected by recent and previous precipitation, land use, soil type and biome. ANPPmax and RUEmax showed a unimodal trend along a precipitation gradient, peaking around 200 mm·yr−1.

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