Multitrophic diversity and biotic associations influence subalpine forest ecosystem multifunctionalityYa-Huang Luo, Marc Cadotte, Jie Liu, Kevin Burgess, Shaolin Tan, Linjiang Ye, Jiayun Zou, Zhongzheng Chen, Xuelong Jiang, Juan Li, Kun Xu, De-Zhu Li & Lian-Ming Gao
Biodiversity across multiple trophic levels is required to maintain multiple ecosystem functions. Yet, it remains unclear how multitrophic diversity and species interactions regulate ecosystem multifunctionality. Here, combining data from nine different trophic groups (including trees, shrubs, herbs, leaf mites, small mammals, bacteria, pathogenic fungi, saprophytic fungi and symbiotic fungi) and 13 ecosystem functions related to supporting, provisioning and regulating services, we used a multitrophic perspective to evaluate the effects of elevation, diversity and network complexity...
This dataset (Andean_AGB.xlsx) has the data employed in the paper entitled Old-growth Andean forests as globally important carbon sinks and future carbon refuges. The data was compiled as the results of the work of several research teams spread out across the Andean region. The information available here has data about aboveground carbon stocks and dynamics and the main explanatory variables, such as climate and symbiotic root associations.
Data from: Understanding the spectacular failure of DNA barcoding in willows (Salix): Does this result from a trans-specific selective sweep?Diana M. Percy, George W. Argus, Quentin C. Cronk, Aron J. Fazekas, Prasad R. Kesanakurti, Kevin S. Burgess, Brian C. Husband, Steven G. Newmaster, Spencer C. H. Barrett, Sean W. Graham & Spencer C.H. Barrett
Willows (Salix: Salicaceae) form a major ecological component of Holarctic floras, and consequently are an obvious target for a DNA-based identification system. We surveyed two to seven plastid genome regions (~3.8 kb; ~3% of the genome) from 71 Salix species across all five subgenera, to assess their performance as DNA barcode markers. Although Salix has a relatively high level of interspecific hybridization, this may not sufficiently explain the near complete failure of barcoding that we...
Supplementary material: Ultraconserved elements improve the resolution of difficult nodes within the rapid radiation of neotropical sigmodontine rodents (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae)Andrés Parada, Guillermo D'Elía & John Hanson
Sigmodontine rodents (Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae) represent the second largest muroid subfamily and the most species-rich group of New World mammals, encompassing above 410 living species and ca. 87 genera. Even with advances on the clarification of sigmodontine phylogenetic relationships that have been made recently, the phylogenetic relationships among the 11 main group of genera (i.e., tribes) remain poorly resolved, in particular among those forming the large clade Oryzomyalia. This pattern has been interpreted as consequence of...
Data from: Biodiversity explain maximum variation in productivity under experimental warming, nitrogen addition and grazing in mountain grasslandsJiajia Liu, Detuan Liu, Kun Xu, Lian-Ming Gao, Xuejun Ge, Kevin S. Burgess, Marc W. Cadotte & Xue-Jun Ge
Anthropogenic global warming, nitrogen addition and over-grazing alter plant communities and threaten plant biodiversity, potentially impacting community productivity, especially in sensitive mountain grassland ecosystems. However, it still remains unknown whether the relationship between plant biodiversity and community productivity varies across different anthropogenic influences, and especially how changes in multiple biodiversity facets drive these impacts on productivity. Here we measured different facets of biodiversity including functional and phylogenetic richness and evenness in mountain grasslands along an...
Data from: Deterministic tropical tree community turnover: evidence from patterns of functional beta diversity along an elevational gradientNathan G. Swenson, Pedro Anglada-Cordero & John A. Barone
Explaining the mechanisms that produce the enormous diversity within and between tropical tree communities is a pressing challenge for plant community ecologists. Mechanistic hypotheses range from niche-based deterministic to dispersal-based stochastic models. Strong tests of these hypotheses require detailed information regarding the functional strategies of species. A few tropical studies to date have examined trait dispersion within individual forest plots using species trait means in order to ask whether coexisting species tend to be more...
Data from: Joint effect of phylogenetic relatedness and trait selection on the elevational distribution of Rhododendron speciesJiayun Zou, Yahuang Luo, Kevin S. Burgess, Shaolin Tan, Wei Zheng, Kun Xu, Chaonan Fu & Lianming Gao
Congeneric species may coexist at ﬁne spatial scales through niche diﬀerentiation, however, the magnitude to which the eﬀects of functional traits and phylogenetic relatedness contribute to their distribution along elevational gradients remains understudied. To test the hypothesis that trait and elevational range overlap can aﬀect local speciesʼ coexistence, we ﬁrst compared phylogenetic relatedness and trait (including morphological traits and leaf elements) divergence among closely related species of Rhododendron L. on Yulong Mountain, China. We then...
Columbus State University7
Kunming Institute of Botany3
University of Toronto3
Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion1
University of Minnesota1
Centro Jambatu de Investigación y Conservación de Anfibios1
University of Guelph1
University of Göttingen1
Washington University in St. Louis1
University of Leeds1