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Francesco de Bello, Marie Vandewalle, Triin Reitalu, Jan Lepš, Honor C. Prentice, Sandra Lavorel and Martin T. Sykes Evidence for scale- and disturbance-dependent trait assembly patterns in dry semi-natural grasslands Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 1 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12139

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This study shows that multiple trait-based assembly processes operate simultaneously in species-rich communities, across spatial scales and disturbance regimes. The results support earlier theoretical predictions that divergence between coexisting species may be an important driver of community assembly, particularly at finer spatial scales, where species compete for the same local resources. In contrast, environmental filtering is expected at broader spatial scales, where species growing in particular environmental conditions share traits that are adaptive under those conditions. Within given habitat types, dispersal limitation may, however, override environmental filtering at increasing spatial scales of observation.

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