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
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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