A phylogenetic approach to community assembly from a local species pool.

  title={A phylogenetic approach to community assembly from a local species pool.},
  author={Richard James Tofts and Jonathan Silvertown},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={267 1441},
Ecological theory provides two contrasting predictions about the characteristics of the species combining to form communities. Classical competition theory states that they will be less similar than expected by chance, whilst the environmental structuring hypothesis states that they will be more similar. We investigated these predictions by applying phylogenetic methods of analysis (PICs) to a grassland community, examining species on the basis of their traits. At the scale of investigation… CONTINUE READING

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