A model for the dynamics of plant communities

Plant biodiversity in grassland ecosystems buffers against extreme events such as drought but it is generally poorly represented in grassland models. Based on the botanical composition and on the features of different plant species, the model CoSMo (Community Simulation Model) reproduces the dynamics of plant communities. Confalonieri (2014) implemented a relatively simple approach for the simulation of community dynamics, which is easy to use and to couple with system models to simulate grassland productivity and the temporal dynamics of herbage quality.

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