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Norman W. H. Mason, Sarah J. Richardson, Duane A. Peltzer, Francesco de Bello, David A. Wardle and Robert B. Allen Changes in coexistence mechanisms along a long-term soil chronosequence revealed by functional trait diversity Journal of Ecology 100

Version of Record online: 12 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01965.x

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Our results demonstrate that at high fertility locally dominant species differ in resource-use strategy, but as soil fertility declines over the long term, dominant species increasingly converge on a resource-retentive strategy. This suggests that differentiation in resource-use strategy is required for coexistence at high-fertility but not in low-fertility ecosystems.

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