publication . Article . Other literature type . 2005

The hare, the tortoise and the crocodile: the ecology of angiosperm dominance, conifer persistence and fern filtering

COOMES, DAVID A.; ALLEN, ROBERT B.; BENTLEY, WARREN A.; BURROWS, LARRY E.; CANHAM, CHARLES D.; FAGAN, LAURA; FORSYTH, DAVID M.; GAXIOLA-ALCANTAR, AURORA; PARFITT, ROGER L.; RUSCOE, WENDY A.; ...
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2005 Journal: Journal of Ecology, volume 93, pages 918-935 (issn: 0022-0477, eissn: 1365-2745, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Summary 1 Angiosperm trees often dominate forests growing in resource-rich habitats, whereas conifers are generally restricted to less productive habitats. It has been suggested that conifers may be displaced by angiosperms except where competition is less intense, because conifer seedlings are inherently slow growing, and are outpaced by faster-growing angiosperm species. Here we investigate whether competition with ferns and deeply shading trees also contributes to a failure of conifers to regenerate in resource-rich habitats. 2 We examined how changes in soil nutrient availability and drainage affected vegetation along the retrogressive stages of a soil chron...
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free text keywords: Plant Science, Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Habitat, Vegetation, Fern, biology.organism_classification, biology, Microsite, Forest floor, Seedling, Botany, Podocarpaceae, Chronosequence
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