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Volume 17, issue 2
Web Ecol., 17, 37-46, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-17-37-2017
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Web Ecol., 17, 37-46, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-17-37-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 15 Aug 2017

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Species richness and phylogenetic structure in plant communities: 20 years of succession

Jutta Stadler et al.
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During early succession plant communities show a decrease in the initial species richness and a change in the phylogenetic structure from random or clustered to overdispersion. We tested this general model in two regional distinct sites. In one region we found the expected trajectory of species richness while phylogenetic structure did not follow the expected trend. In the other region species richness did not follow the expected trajectory and phylogenetic structure remained clustered.
During early succession plant communities show a decrease in the initial species richness and a...
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