Biodiversity Critical to Ecosystem Productivity
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Public Release: 24-Apr-2008
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Brown scientists say biodiversity is crucial to ecosystem productivity

In the first experiment in a natural environment,
Brown University scientists have shown that
greater plant diversity significantly enhances an
ecosystem’s productivity. The finding, published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, underscores the importance of
biodiversity to an ecosystem’s value, such as
capturing the global warming gas carbon dioxide.
Brown Univerisity, InterAmerican Institute for
Global Change Research, Agencia Nacional de
Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, Argentina’s
National Research Council

Contact: Richard Lewis
Brown University



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