Environmental stoichiometry mediates phytoplankton diversity effects on communities’ resource use efficiency and biomass

Miriam Gerhard, Alexandra Schlenker, Helmut Hillebrand & Maren Striebel
Positive biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships are predicted to increase in strength when high environmental variability allows for complementarity between resource use strategies in diverse communities. This environmental variability can be represented by spatial or temporal variation in nutrient ratios, but resource use efficiency (RUE) and therefore biomass build up of primary producers might be restricted when nutrient ratios are highly imbalanced (i.e., limitation by one nutrient and beyond optimal ratios for growth). Whereas the linkages...
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