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dc.contributor.author Pérez-Ramos, Ignacio M.
dc.contributor.author Díaz-Delgado, Ricardo
dc.contributor.author de la Riva, Enrique G.
dc.contributor.author Villar, Rafael
dc.contributor.author Lloret, Francisco
dc.contributor.author Marañón, Teodoro
dc.coverage.spatial Doñana National Park
dc.coverage.spatial 37º 01´N
dc.coverage.spatial 6º 32´ W
dc.coverage.spatial southwestern Spain
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-31T17:38:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-31T17:38:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-31
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.qc90d
dc.identifier.citation Pérez-Ramos IM, Díaz-Delgado R, de la Riva EG, Villar R, Lloret F, Marañón T (2017) Climate variability and community stability in Mediterranean shrublands: the role of functional diversity and soil environment. Journal of Ecology 105(5): 1335-1346.
dc.identifier.issn 0022-0477
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.136219
dc.description 1.Understanding how different factors mediate the resistance of communities to climatic variability is a question of considerable ecological interest that remains mostly unresolved. This is particularly remarkable to improve predictions about the impact of climate change on vegetation. 2.Here we used a trait-based approach to analyse the sensitivity to climatic variability over nine years of 19 Mediterranean shrubland communities located in southwest Spain. We evaluated the role of functional diversity and soil environment as drivers of community stability (assessed as changes in plant cover, species diversity and composition). 3.The studied shrubland communities were strongly sensitive to inter-annual variability in climate. First, colder and drier conditions caused remarkable decreases in total plant cover but increased functional diversity, likely because the reduction of plant cover after harsh climatic conditions promoted the expansion of functionally dissimilar species in the new open microsites; although communities returned to their initial values of plant cover after nine years, changes in functional diversity and structure persisted over time. Second, drier and colder conditions favoured the predominance of shrubs with a conservative resource-use strategy (i.e. with higher dry matter content in leaves, stems and roots), bigger seeds and a more efficient use of water. 4.The most functionally diverse communities were the most stable over time in terms of species diversity, likely because a higher number of functionally dissimilar species allowed compensatory dynamics among them. 5.Communities inhabiting more acidic and resource-limited environments were less variable over time, probably because they were mainly constituted by slow-growth, stress-tolerant species that are potentially better adapted to harsh climatic conditions. 6.Synthesis: This study highlights the utility of a trait-based approach to evaluate how plant communities respond to climatic variability. We could infer that the increased frequency of extreme climatic events predicted by climatic models will alter the functional structure of shrubland communities, with potential repercussions for ecosystem functioning. Our results also provide new insights into the role of functional diversity and soil environment as buffers of the climate impact on woody communities, as well as potentially useful information to be applied in ecologically-based management and restoration strategies.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.qc90d/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12747
dc.subject climate change
dc.subject cold stress
dc.subject community resistance
dc.subject conservative strategy
dc.subject drought stress
dc.subject dry matter content
dc.subject functional traits
dc.subject plant–climate interactions
dc.subject plant economics
dc.title Data from: Climate variability and community stability in Mediterranean shrublands: the role of functional diversity and soil environment
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Calluna vulgaris
dwc.ScientificName Cistus crispus
dwc.ScientificName Cistus libanotis
dwc.ScientificName Cistus salvifolius
dwc.ScientificName Corema album
dwc.ScientificName Cytisus grandiflorus
dwc.ScientificName Erica scoparia
dwc.ScientificName Erica umbellata
dwc.ScientificName Halimium commutatum
dwc.ScientificName Halimium halimifolium
dwc.ScientificName Helycrissum pisardi
dwc.ScientificName Juniperus phoenicea
dwc.ScientificName Lavandula stoechas
dwc.ScientificName Myrtus communis
dwc.ScientificName Phyllirea angustifolia
dwc.ScientificName Pinus pinea
dwc.ScientificName Rosmarinus officinalis
dwc.ScientificName Staurachantus genistoides
dwc.ScientificName Thymus mastichina
dwc.ScientificName Ulex australis
dwc.ScientificName Ulex minor
prism.publicationName Journal of Ecology
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Title Temporal changes in plant cover, functional composition and diversity.
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Description This file contains all the data used in the different statistical analyses of this study in order to answer the following questions: : (i) how sensitive are Mediterranean shrubland communities to inter-annual variability in climate?; (ii) are communities with higher functional diversity more stable against climatic fluctuations?; and (iii) are shrubland communities growing on poorer soils more stable over time than those located on resource-richer soils?
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