Can tree diversity mediate the effect of droughts on forests?

It is well known that different species have different strategies to cope with drought. This premise suggests that an increasing frequency of drought events will demand species able to overcome this kind of impacts in forests. However, temperate or boreal species are not well adapted species to drought, so including stress-tolerant species in these type forests would provide higher resistance capacity in this type forests. Similarly water spenders or water conservative species may overcome different componenest of aridity (i.e. long versus intense droughts). Resprouter species such as holm oak are also favoured under some scenarios as thay can reestablish vegetatively after ramet death.

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