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Jennifer L. Baltzer and Stuart J. Davies Rainfall seasonality and pest pressure as determinants of tropical tree species' distributions Ecology and Evolution 2

Version of Record online: 27 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.383

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One potential outcome of climate change in many tropical forests is an increase in the severity of short-term drought in tropical forest areas that typically do not experience these droughts. In this manuscript, we use reciprocal transplantation across a climatic and floristic transition in Southeast Asia to document systematic, distribution-based differences in performance in aseasonal versus seasonally dry forests. We provide strong evidence of a critical role of drought in dictating species distributional limits along this gradient and that this drought response corresponds with differential physiological traits, which may be mediated to some extent by leaf damage.

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