Absence of phylogenetic signal in the niche structure of meadow plant communities.

@article{Silvertown2006AbsenceOP,
  title={Absence of phylogenetic signal in the niche structure of meadow plant communities.},
  author={Jonathan Silvertown and Kevin J. McConway and David Gowing and Mike Dodd and Michael F. Fay and Jeffrey A. Joseph and Konrad Dolphin},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={273 1582},
  pages={39-44}
}
A significant proportion of the global diversity of flowering plants has evolved in recent geological time, probably through adaptive radiation into new niches. However, rapid evolution is at odds with recent research which has suggested that plant ecological traits, including the beta- (or habitat) niche, evolve only slowly. We have quantified traits that determine within-habitat alpha diversity (alpha niches) in two communities in which species segregate on hydrological gradients. Molecular… CONTINUE READING