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Carlos R. Boelter, Cristian S. Dambros, Henrique E.M. Nascimento and Charles E. Zartman A tangled web in tropical tree-tops: effects of edaphic variation, neighbourhood phorophyte composition and bark characteristics on epiphytes in a central Amazonian forest Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Version of Record online: 31 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12154

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We attempt to disentangle biotic and abiotic influences on vascular epiphyte communities in a central Amazonian forest. Soil fertility (principally P soil content) is the strongest predictor of epiphyte richness and composition followed by variation in neighborhood phorophyte composition. However, as revealed by null model analyses, the latter was not due to differences in bark texture suggesting that other unmeasured variables account for the remaining variation.

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