Sandrine Pavoine, Amandine Gasc, Michael B. Bonsall and Norman W.H. Mason Correlations between phylogenetic and functional diversity: mathematical artefacts or true ecological and evolutionary processes? Journal of Vegetation Science 24
Mathematical partitioning and comparisons to null models can successfully remove the effects of cofactors when comparing functional diversity (FD) and phylogenetic diversity (PD). However, simulations and real data analyses showed that PD turns out to generally be a poor surrogate for FD even in situations where functional traits display some degree of phylogenetic signal.
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