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Oliver Purschke, Barbara C. Schmid, Martin T. Sykes, Peter Poschlod, Stefan G. Michalski, Walter Durka, Ingolf Kühn, Marten Winter and Honor C. Prentice Contrasting changes in taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity during a long-term succession: insights into assembly processes Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 31 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12098

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Analysis of spatial and temporal turnover in different facets of diversity suggests that deterministic processes generate biodiversity during post-disturbance ecosystem development and that the relative importance of assembly processes has changed over time. Trait-mediated abiotic filtering appears to play an important role in community assembly during the early and early-mid stages of arable-to-grassland succession whereas the relative importance of competitive exclusion appears to have increased towards the later successional stages.

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