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Net Primary Productivity of Terrestrial Communities: Prediction from Climatological Data

Michael L. Rosenzweig
The American Naturalist
Vol. 102, No. 923 (Jan. - Feb., 1968), pp. 67-74
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2459049
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Net Primary Productivity of Terrestrial Communities: Prediction from Climatological Data
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Abstract

Actual evapotranspiration (AE) is shown to be a highly significant predictor of the net annual above-ground productivity in mature terrestrial plant communities. Communities included ranged from deserts and tundra to tropical forests. It is hypothesized that the relationship of AE to productivity is due to the fact that AE measures the simultaneous availability of water and solar energy, the most important rate-limiting resources in photosynthesis.

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