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Spatial patterns of species at different life stages are an important aspect for understanding causal mechanisms that facilitate species co-existence. Using Ripley's univariate L(t) and bivariate L(12)(t) functions, we analyzed the spatial patterns and interspecific associations of three canopy species at different life history stages in a 20-ha subtropical(More)
In most plants, the contributions of pollen and seed flow to their genetic structures are generally difficult to disentangle. For typical wind-pollinated and wind-dispersed species Engelhardia roxburghiana in a 20-ha natural forest plot in lower subtropic China, because the prevailing wind directions change during its pollen release and seed dispersal(More)
Tree survival is a critical driver of stand dynamics, influencing forest structure and composition. Many local-scale drivers (tree size, abiotic and biotic factors) have been proposed as being important in explaining patterns of tree survival, but their contributions are still unknown. We examined the relative importance of these local drivers on tree(More)
Genetic comparisons between native and invasive populations of a species can provide insights into its invasion history information, which is useful for guiding management and control strategies. The coral berry Ardisia crenata was introduced to Florida last century as a cultivated ornament plant, and has since spread widely throughout the southern regions(More)
PREMISE OF THE STUDY Our objective was to develop microsatellite markers to investigate the level of genetic diversity within and among populations in a dominant evergreen broad-leaved tree, Schima superba, in southern China. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-six microsatellite markers were developed and showed polymorphism in three populations. The number of(More)
BACKGROUND Ecologists have been monitoring community dynamics with the purpose of understanding the rates and causes of community change. However, there is a lack of monitoring of community dynamics from the perspective of phylogeny. METHODS/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS We attempted to understand temporal phylogenetic turnover in a 50 ha tropical forest (Barro(More)
Phenotypic plasticity is common in many taxa, and it may increase an organism's fitness in heterogeneous environments. However, in some cases, the frequency of environmental changes can be faster than the ability of the individual to produce new adaptive phenotypes. The importance of such a time delay in terms of individual fitness and species adaptability(More)
Ap Applicati tions ons in in Pl Plant t Scien Sciences ces Beilschmiedia Nees is one of the largest pantropical genera of the Lauraceae, with approximately 250 species (Nishida, 1999). It is best represented in tropical Asia and Africa (van der Werff, 2003). Although Beilschmiedia contains many ecologically and economically important species, they are still(More)
UNLABELLED PREMISE OF THE STUDY Although there are as many as 250 species in the genus Beilschmiedia, their genetic diversity has been poorly investigated. Our objective was to develop microsatellite markers for B. roxburghiana to study its genetic diversity for the sustainable management of this species. • METHODS AND RESULTS Using the(More)
UNLABELLED PREMISE OF THE STUDY We developed microsatellite markers to investigate the level of genetic diversity within and among populations of the endemic shrub Sauvagesia rhodoleuca in China. • METHODS AND RESULTS Ten polymorphic microsatellite loci were identified in five populations. The number of alleles per locus varied from 2 to 16. Observed(More)
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