Abiotic stress tolerance and competition-related traits underlie phylogenetic clustering in soil bacterial communities.

@article{Goberna2014AbioticST,
  title={Abiotic stress tolerance and competition-related traits underlie phylogenetic clustering in soil bacterial communities.},
  author={Marta Goberna and Jos{\'e} Antonio Navarro-Cano and Alfonso Valiente-Banuet and Carlos Galdino Mart{\'i}nez Garc{\'i}a and Miguel Verd{\'u}},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={17 10},
  pages={1191-201}
}
Soil bacteria typically coexist with close relatives generating widespread phylogenetic clustering. This has been ascribed to the abiotic filtering of organisms with shared ecological tolerances. Recent theoretical developments suggest that competition can also explain the phylogenetic similarity of coexisting organisms by excluding large low-competitive clades. We propose that combining the environmental patterns of traits associated with abiotic stress tolerances or competitive abilities with… CONTINUE READING

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