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Denis Lippok, Stephan G. Beck, Daniel Renison, Isabell Hensen, Amira E. Apaza and Matthias Schleuning Topography and edge effects are more important than elevation as drivers of vegetation patterns in a neotropical montane forest Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 16 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12132

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We quantified the effects of elevation, topography and forest edge on habitat conditions and woody plant diversity of tropical montane forest fragments. Effects of the elevational gradient were weak compared to the small-scale effects of forest edge and topography. This study emphasizes the importance of topography and edge effects for conservation, particularly in the face of recent climate change.

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