Author: Yang, Z., Q. Zhang, F. Su, C. Zhang, Z. Pu, J. Xia, S. Wan, and L. Jiang.
Journal: Global Change Biology
Daytime and nighttime warming have the potential to influence plant community structure and ecosystem functions. However, their impacts on ecological stability remain largely unexplored. We conducted an eight-year field experiment to compare the effects of daytime and nighttime warming on the temporal stability of a temperate steppe in northern China. Our results showed that the cover and stability of dominant species, stability of subordinate species, and compensatory dynamics among species strongly influenced community-level stability. However, daytime, but not nighttime, warming significantly reduced community temporal stability mainly through the reduction in the abundance of dominant, stable species. These findings demonstrate the differential effects of daytime and nighttime warming on community stability, and emphasize the importance of understanding the changes of dominant species for accurately predicting community dynamics under climate warming. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.