Christopher J. Ellis and Simon C. Ellis Signatures of autogenic epiphyte succession for an aspen chronosequence Journal of Vegetation Science 24
Article first published online: 29 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01492.x
The wide observation of increasing epiphyte richness with tree age refutes autogenic processes, suggesting unsaturated communities in the long-term. However, for epiphytes it is necessary to account for a changing habitat area with tree age. Accounting for habitat area, we demonstrate a unimodal trend in species richness, complemented by significant under- and over-dispersion in species traits signalling non-neutral community assembly.
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