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Etienne Laliberté, David A. Norton and David Scott Contrasting effects of productivity and disturbance on plant functional diversity at local and metacommunity scales Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 30 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12044

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At the metacommunity scale, environmental filtering led to species with particular traits being excluded from the species pool. In contrast, at the local community scale where individuals interact, there was evidence of limiting similarity. Our results suggest that environmental filtering and limiting similarity are not mutually exclusive and jointly determine community structure, but operate at different spatial scales.

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