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Phylogenetic and functional alpha and beta diversity in temperate and tropical tree communities

Swenson, Nathan G.; Erikson, David L.; Mi, Xiangcheng; Bourg, Norman A.; Forero-Montaña, Jimena; Ge, Xuejun; Howe, Robert; Lake, Jeffrey K.; Liu, Xiaojuan; Ma, Keping; Pei, Nancai; Thompson, Jill; Uriarte, Maria; Wolf, Amy; Wright, S. Joseph; Ye, Wanhui; Zhang, Jinlong; Zimmerman, Jess K.; Kress, W. John. 2012 Phylogenetic and functional alpha and beta diversity in temperate and tropical tree communities. Ecology, 93. s112-s125. 10.1890/11-0402.1

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Abstract/Summary

The study of biodiversity has tended to focus primarily on relatively information poor measures of species diversity. Recently, many studies of local diversity (alpha diversity) have begun to use measures of functional and phylogenetic alpha diversity. Investigations into the phylogenetic and functional dissimilarity (beta diversity) of communities have been far less numerous, but these dissimilarity measures have the potential to infer the mechanisms underlying community assembly and dynamics. Here we relate levels of phylogenetic and functional alpha diversity to levels of phylogenetic and functional beta diversity to infer the mechanism or mechanisms responsible for the assembly of tree communities in six forests located in tropical and temperate latitudes. The results show that abiotic filtering plays a role in structuring local assemblages and governing spatial turnover in community composition and that phylogenetic measures of alpha and beta diversity are not strong predictors of functional alpha and beta diversity in the forests studied.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1890/11-0402.1
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 0012-9658
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: The attached document Copyright by the Ecological Society of America
NORA Subject Terms: Botany
Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 14 May 2012 15:38
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/18029

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