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Role of functionally dominant species in varying environmental regimes: evidence for the performance-enhancing effect of biodiversity

Silke Langenheder13*, Mark T Bulling25, James I Prosser1 and Martin Solan24

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St. Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 UU3, UK

2 Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, Main Street, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6AA, UK

3 Department of Ecology and Genetics/Limnology, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, Uppsala, 75236, Sweden

4 Present address: Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, University of Southampton, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK

5 Present address: Biological Sciences, University of Derby, Keldleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB, UK

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BMC Ecology 2012, 12:14  doi:10.1186/1472-6785-12-14

Published: 30 July 2012

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details of the structure of the models.

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A figure showing respiratory activities of strains that were incubated for 42 hours at temperatures resembling those that were used in the main experiment.

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Predicted yields (Dmax) in respiratory activity of mixed communities relative to monocultures for constant and fluctuating temperature regimes.

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