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J. Nathaniel Holland and Francisco Molina-Freaner Hierarchical effects of rainfall, nurse plants, granivory and seed banks on cactus recruitment Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 28 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12021

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Our results show the hierarchical effects that shape seedling recruitment of a desert cactus, namely the predominant effects of rainfall in increasing recruitment and of granivory in decreasing recruitment. It is primarily under adequate rainfall conditions that nurse plants play a key role in increasing seedling recruitment and survival.

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