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Francisca C. Aguiar, Jorge Orestes Cerdeira, Maria João Martins and Maria Teresa Ferreira Riparian forests of Southwest Europe: are functional trait and species composition assemblages constrained by environment? Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12009

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We related species and functional trait composition of European South-western riparian forests at near-natural sites with environment. We found that assemblages with very specific functional traits (e.g. Stress-tolerant shrublands) or with homogeneous species composition (e.g. Semi-arid shrublands) were largely constrained to the most extreme environmental conditions. The compositional groups were more closely related with the environmental gradients than functional groups.

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