Data from: Functionally diverse tree stands reduce herbaceous diversity and productivity via canopy packing

Liting Zheng, Y. H. Han Chen, Yann Hautier, Difeng Bao, Mingshan Xu, Baiyu Yang, Zhao Zhao, Li Zhang & Enrong Yan
1. There is extensive experimental evidence for the importance of biodiversity in sustaining ecosystem functioning. However, such experiments typically prevent immigration by continuously removing non-target species, thereby questioning the generality of these findings to real-world ecosystems. This is particularly true in forest ecosystems where understorey herbaceous species are key biodiversity components but are usually weeded in tree diversity experiments. Consequently, little is known about how tree diversity influences the natural dynamics of understorey herbaceous layers....
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