Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

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The creation of diverse prairie-like communities

Author: J. K. Piper, S.L. Pimm

Publication: Community Ecology, September 2002, Vol 3(2): 205-216.


We tested the prediction that we are more likely to create persistent, species-rich plant communities by increasing the number of species sown and allowing communities to assemble over six or seven growing seasons. Our results, indicating that establishment of species-rich plant communities can be enhanced by starting with larger numbers of species at the outset, have implications for projects in which community biodiversity creation and maintenance are key goals.

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