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Meng Kang, Scott X. Chang, En-Rong Yan and Xi-Hua Wang Trait variability differs between leaf and wood tissues across ecological scales in subtropical forests Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 13 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12118

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In subtropical forests in southeast China, 10 physical- and chemical-based traits vary differently between leaf and wood tissues across six ecological scales. The large variability for wood traits at the plot scale suggests a habitat filtering process, but for leaf traits within plots reflects niche differentiation process. These decoupled trait axes may increase the dimensionality of niche space and facilitate species coexistence.

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