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Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Sa Xiao, Rob W. Brooker, Nicolas Gross, Pierre Liancourt, Dietmar Straile and Richard Michalet Facilitation displaces hotspots of diversity and allows communities to persist in heavily stressed and disturbed environments Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 12 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12064

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Using a spatially-explicit model, we consider how stress and disturbance – operating alone or together – can affect species distributions through varying biotic interactions. Increasing the impact of facilitation promoted the persistence of plant communities beyond the limits of the Grime's C-S-R triangle and drove the displacement of hot-spots of diversity.

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