Functional susceptibility of tropical forests


Based on a global analysis of plant functional diversity across the tropics using a dataset of 16 morphological, chemical and photosynthetic plant traits derived from permanent vegetation plots, we show that drier tropical forests are overall less functionally diverse than wetter forests, and that areas with high functional diversity and high functional redundancy tend to better maintain ecosystem functioning (e.g. biomass). The paper has been published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.