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Jeanne Bodin, Vincent Badeau, Eric Bruno, Catherine Cluzeau, Jean-Marc Moisselin, Gian-Reto Walther and Jean-Luc Dupouey Shifts of forest species along an elevational gradient in Southeast France: climate change or stand maturation? Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 21 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01456.x

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Altitudinal shift of forest plant species was studied in South-East France, by analyzing the last two successive samplings of the National Forest Inventory. Considering plant species traits and changes in the successional stages of forests stands, the apparent upslope movement of species was mainly caused by forest closure and maturation occurring at low elevations, rather than by climate change.

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