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Plant species richness increases with light availability, but not variability, in temperate forests understorey

Dormann, Carsten F. ; Bagnara, Maurizio ; Boch, Steffen ; Hinderling, Judith ; Janeiro-Otero, Andrea ; Schäfer, Deborah ; Schall, Peter ; Hartig, Florian


Background Temperate forest understorey vegetation poses an excellent study system to investigate whether increases in resource availability lead to an increase in plant species richness. Most sunlight is absorbed by the species-poor tree canopy, making the much more species-rich understorey species inhabit a severely resource-limited habitat. Additionally, the heterogeneity of light ...


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