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Asuka Koyama and Shiro Tsuyuzaki Facilitation by tussock-forming species on seedling establishment collapses in an extreme drought year in a post-mined Sphagnum peatland Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01474.x

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We tested the facilitation effect of tussock-forming species on seedling establishment of perennial herbaceous species in a post-mined Sphagnum peatland. Our results showed that the facilitation effect collapsed in an extreme drought year and its effect varied among seedling species having different germination phenologies. These suggest that variation in facilitation effects by early colonizers can drive plant community composition.

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