Rethinking community assembly through the Lens of coexistence theoryAnnual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (2012)
Although research on the role of competitive interactions during community assembly began decades ago, a recent revival of interest has led to new discoveries and research opportunities. Using contemporary coexistence theory that emphasizes stabilizing niche differences and relative fitness differences, we evaluate three empirical approaches for studying community assembly. We show that experimental manipulations of the abiotic or biotic environment, assessments of trait-phylogeny-environment relationships, and investigations of frequency-dependent population growth all suggest strong influences of stabilizing niche differences and fitness differences on the outcome of plant community assembly...
Citation InformationPeter B. Adler. "Rethinking community assembly through the Lens of coexistence theory" Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics Vol. 43 (2012) p. 227 - 248
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