Species interactions increase the temporal stability of community productivity in Pinus sylvestris–Fagus sylvatica mixtures across Europe
Miren del Río, Hans Pretzsch, Ricardo Ruíz-Peinado, Evy Ampoorter, Peter Annighöfer, Ignacio Barbeito, Kamil Bielak, Gediminas Brazaitis, Lluís Coll, Lars Drössler, Marek Fabrika, David I. Forrester, Michael Heym, Václav Hurt, Viktor Kurylyak, Magnus Löf, Fabio Lombardi, Ekaterina Madrickiene, Bratislav Matović, Frits Mohren, Renzo Motta, Jan den Ouden, Maciej Pach, Quentin Ponette, Gerhard Schütze, Jerzy Skrzyszewski, Vit Sramek, Hubert Sterba, Dejan Stojanović, Miroslav Svoboda, Tzvetan M. Zlatanov and Andrés Bravo-Oviedo
Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12727
Our findings confirm that species mixing can stabilize productivity at the community level but not at the population and tree levels. The different relationships between the mixing effect on the temporal stability and species asynchrony in mixed and monospecific stands suggests that temporal niche complementarity between species may be the main driver rather than differences in species’ intrinsic responses to environmental conditions.