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Pavel Fibich, Alena Vítová, Petr Macek and Jan Lepš Establishment and spatial associations of recruits in meadow gaps Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 29 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01486.x

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We analysed changes in spatial pattern of recruits during colonization of artificial gaps. Seedling emergence, highly outnumbering slow vegetative sprouting, increased during vegetation season, mainly thanks to seed rain. Recruit emergence shifted from gap centre to gap borders during season. Recruit clumping at larger scales (>20 mm) supports environmentally driven establishment, whereas lack of very close (<5–9 mm) neighbours suggests competition.

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