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Norman W.H. Mason and S. Pavoine Does trait conservatism guarantee that indicators of phylogenetic community structure will reveal niche-based assembly processes along stress gradients? Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 2 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12033

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We used two stochastic assembly models to test if phylogenetic trait conservatism guarantees the power of phylogenetic diversity indices to detect niche-based assembly processes. The phylogenetic diversity (PD) indices we used all had low power, even with strong trait conservatism. Consequently, PD is unlikely to provide a means of avoiding the tough decisions around which traits are most relevant for assembly processes.

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