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Trait-based tests of coexistence mechanisms
Ecology Letters (2013)
  • Peter B. Adler

Recent functional trait studies have shown that trait differences may favour certain species (environmental filtering) while simultaneously preventing competitive exclusion (niche partitioning). However, phenomenological trait-dispersion analyses do not identify the mechanisms that generate niche partitioning, preventing trait-based prediction of future changes in biodiversity. We argue that such predictions require linking functional traits with recognised coexistence mechanisms involving spatial or temporal environmental heterogeneity, resource partitioning and natural enemies...

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DOI: 10.1111/ele.12157
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Peter B. Adler. "Trait-based tests of coexistence mechanisms" Ecology Letters Vol. 16 Iss. 10 (2013)
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