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Soil nutrients influence spatial distributions of tropical tree species
The importance of niche vs. neutral assembly mechanisms in structuring tropical tree communities remains an important unsettled question in community ecology [Bell G (2005) Ecology 86:1757–1770].Expand
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Functional traits and the growth-mortality trade-off in tropical trees.
A trade-off between growth and mortality rates characterizes tree species in closed canopy forests. This trade-off is maintained by inherent differences among species and spatial variation in lightExpand
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The impact of lianas on tree regeneration in tropical forest canopy gaps: evidence for an alternative pathway of gap‐phase regeneration
Summary 1  Regeneration in forest canopy gaps is thought to lead invariably to the rapid recruitment and growth of trees and the redevelopment of the canopy. Our observations, however, suggest thatExpand
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Soil resources and topography shape local tree community structure in tropical forests
Both habitat filtering and dispersal limitation influence the compositional structure of forest communities, but previous studies examining the relative contributions of these processes withExpand
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Seed dispersal patterns produced by white‐faced monkeys: implications for the dispersal limitation of neotropical tree species
Summary 1 Primate frugivores are important seed dispersers for a large fraction of tree species in many tropical forests. The movement, diet preferences and defecation patterns produced by primatesExpand
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DISPERSAL PATTERNS AND SEED BANK DYNAMICS OF PIONEER TREES IN MOIST TROPICAL FOREST
Seed dispersal patterns and seed persistence in the soil should strongly influence the distribution of pioneer tree recruits in gaps. Nonetheless, seed distribution patterns for pioneers are poorlyExpand
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Seed survival in soil: interacting effects of predation, dormancy and the soil microbial community
Summary 1. Plant defence theory provides a robust framework for understanding interactions between plants and antagonists, and for interpreting broad patterns in the functional-trait composition ofExpand
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Role of dispersal in the recruitment limitation of neotropical pioneer species
Summary 1 We examined the importance of seed dispersal in predicting the pioneer seedling composition in recent gaps in a forest plot on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama. We characterize seedExpand
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GERMINATION ECOLOGY OF NEOTROPICAL PIONEERS: INTERACTING EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND SEED SIZE
Germination provides many potentially unrecognized sources of variation in the regeneration niche. In this study we relate germination requirements and seed size for 16 species of pioneer trees toExpand
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Seed size, growth rate and gap microsite conditions as determinants of recruitment success for pioneer species
Summary 1 We examined how seed size and seedling growth rate influence recruitment success of neotropical pioneer species. We investigated the soil seed bank, and followed seedlings from emergenceExpand
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