Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 18, 1525–1541, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1525-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 1525–1541, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-1525-2021

Research article 03 Mar 2021

Research article | 03 Mar 2021

Factors controlling the productivity of tropical Andean forests: climate and soil are more important than tree diversity

Jürgen Homeier and Christoph Leuschner

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Jan 2021) by Sara Vicca
AR by Jürgen Homeier on behalf of the Authors (05 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Jan 2021) by Sara Vicca
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (08 Jan 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (08 Jan 2021) by Sara Vicca
AR by Jürgen Homeier on behalf of the Authors (21 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (22 Jan 2021) by Sara Vicca
AR by Jürgen Homeier on behalf of the Authors (25 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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We studied aboveground productivity in humid tropical montane old-growth forests in two highly diverse Andean regions with large geological and topographic heterogeneity and related productivity to tree diversity and climatic, edaphic and stand structural factors. From our results we conclude that the productivity of highly diverse Neotropical montane forests is primarily controlled by thermal and edaphic factors and stand structural properties, while tree diversity is of minor importance.
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