Alpine cushion plants inhibit the loss of phylogenetic diversity in severe environments.

@article{Butterfield2013AlpineCP,
  title={Alpine cushion plants inhibit the loss of phylogenetic diversity in severe environments.},
  author={Bradley J. Butterfield and Lohengrin A Cavieres and Ragan Morrison Callaway and Bradley J. Cook and Zaal Kikvidze and Christopher J. Lortie and Richard Michalet and F I Pugnaire and Christian Sch{\"o}b and Shijun Xiao and B Zaitchek and Fabien Anthelme and Robert G Bj{\"o}rk and Katherine L. Dickinson and Rosario G. Gavil{\'a}n and R{\'o}bert Kanka and J-P Maalouf and Jalil Noroozi and Rabindra Parajuli and Gareth K. Phoenix and Andrea Reid and Whitney B Ridenour and Christian Rixen and Sonja Wipf and Lei Zhao and Robin W. Brooker},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={478-86}
}
Biotic interactions can shape phylogenetic community structure (PCS). However, we do not know how the asymmetric effects of foundation species on communities extend to effects on PCS. We assessed PCS of alpine plant communities around the world, both within cushion plant foundation species and adjacent open ground, and compared the effects of foundation species and climate on alpha (within-microsite), beta (between open and cushion) and gamma (open and cushion combined) PCS. In the open, alpha… CONTINUE READING
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