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Martin Böhnke, Wenzel Kröber, Erik Welk, Christian Wirth and Helge Bruelheide Maintenance of constant functional diversity during secondary succession of a subtropical forest in China Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 5 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12114

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Analysing functional diversity along a subtropical forest chronosequence we encountered a constant functional diversity with increasing successional age because the communities compensated for a loss in trait dissimilarity by distributing the trait values more evenly among the resident species, thus increasing functional evenness. This constant functionality might provide an explanation for the temporally stable immigration conditions in this succession series.

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