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J. Bastow Wilson Species presence/absence sometimes represents a plant community as well as species abundances do, or better Journal of Vegetation Science 23

Article first published online: 8 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01430.x

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Ecologists expend effort in vegetation surveys measuring, or more often guessing, the abundance of each species. They are usually wasting their time. Tests via stability of the results and correlation with the habitat shew that, except at a very fine scale, simple presence/absence usually gives as good a result, or sometimes one closer to the truth.

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