Imperial College London

Professor Iain Colin Prentice

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Chair in Biosphere and Climate Impacts



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1.1Centre for Population BiologySilwood Park






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author = {Collalti, A and Ibrom, A and Stockmarr, A and Cescatti, A and Alkama, R and Fernández-Martínez6, M and Matteucci, G and Sitch, S and Friedlingstein, P and Ciais, P and Goll, DS and Nabel, JEMS and Pongratz, J and Arneth, A and Haverd, V and Prentice, IC},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-020-19187-w},
journal = {Nature Communications},
title = {Forest production efficiency increases with growth temperature},
url = {},
volume = {11},
year = {2020}

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AB - Forest production efficiency (FPE) metric describes how efficiently the assimilated carbon is partitioned into plants organs (biomass production, BP) or—more generally—for the production of organic matter (net primary production, NPP). We present a global analysis of the relationship of FPE to stand-age and climate, based on a large compilation of data on gross primary production and either BP or NPP. FPE is important for both forest production and atmospheric carbon dioxide uptake. We find that FPE increases with absolute latitude, precipitation and (all else equal) with temperature. Earlier findings—FPE declining with age—are also supported by this analysis. However, the temperature effect is opposite to what would be expected based on the short-term physiological response of respiration rates to temperature, implying a top-down regulation of carbon loss, perhaps reflecting the higher carbon costs of nutrient acquisition in colder climates. Current ecosystem models do not reproduce this phenomenon. They consistently predict lower FPE in warmer climates, and are therefore likely to overestimate carbon losses in a warming climate.
AU - Collalti,A
AU - Ibrom,A
AU - Stockmarr,A
AU - Cescatti,A
AU - Alkama,R
AU - Fernández-Martínez6,M
AU - Matteucci,G
AU - Sitch,S
AU - Friedlingstein,P
AU - Ciais,P
AU - Goll,DS
AU - Nabel,JEMS
AU - Pongratz,J
AU - Arneth,A
AU - Haverd,V
AU - Prentice,IC
DO - 10.1038/s41467-020-19187-w
PY - 2020///
SN - 2041-1723
TI - Forest production efficiency increases with growth temperature
T2 - Nature Communications
UR -
UR -
VL - 11
ER -