Plant species and biomass no longer BFFs

New research challenges previously held ideas about plant species and biomass.

Research conducted in the 1970s showed that as plant biomass increased, so did the number of plant species … to a certain point. After that point, the number of plant species was thought to decline.

New research has recently been conducted that does not support this relationship.

“This hump pattern that everyone thought was true … it just isn’t there. This hump was the hypothesis for a long time, but it just isn’t supportable,” Iowa State University Assitant Professor Stanley Harpole said.

Read more at Iowa State University