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Francisco Lloret and Iñigo Granzow-de la Cerda Plant competition and facilitation after extreme drought episodes in Mediterranean shrubland: does damage to vegetation cover trigger replacement by juniper woodland? Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 14 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12030

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The study illustrates the outcome of competence and facilitation to community dynamics under a climate change scenario where extreme climatic episodes are becoming more frequent. Empirical data from a Mediterranean shrubland subjected to successional replacement, shows that drought events disrupt this dynamics diminishing the facilitative effect of shrubland cover on the establishment of juveniles of the short tree Juniperus phoenicea.

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