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Marina Semchenko, Maria Abakumova, Anu Lepik and Kristjan Zobel Plants are least suppressed by their frequent neighbours: the relationship between competitive ability and spatial aggregation patterns Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12127

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Previous studies have concluded that spatial aggregation of conspecifics should benefit weak competitors and put stronger competitors at a disadvantage, thus promoting plant species coexistence. Here we show that traits determining spatial patterns and competitive ability may be co-evolved in plants, resulting in greater dispersal in stronger competitors and reduced competitive ability in spatially aggregated species.

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