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Catherine M. Hulshof, Cyrille Violle, Marko J. Spasojevic, Brian McGill, Ellen Damschen, Susan Harrison and Brian J. Enquist Intra-specific and inter-specific variation in specific leaf area reveal the importance of abiotic and biotic drivers of species diversity across elevation and latitude Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12041

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We apply a functional trait approach to determine how abiotic and biotic filters influence patterns of plant species diversity across elevational and latitudinal gradients. By sampling specific leaf area between and within species across communities, we show that patterns of trait variation are consistent with the idea that biotic factors underlie diversity patterns at low elevations and latitudes while abiotic factors drive diversity patterns at high elevations and latitudes.

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