Biogeographic distributions of neotropical trees reflect their directly measured drought tolerances

  title={Biogeographic distributions of neotropical trees reflect their directly measured drought tolerances},
  author={Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert and D. Galbraith and K. Dexter and T. Baker and S. Lewis and P. Meir and Lucy Rowland and A. Costa and D. Nepstad and O. Phillips},
  journal={Scientific Reports},
  • Adriane Esquivel-Muelbert, D. Galbraith, +7 authors O. Phillips
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Scientific Reports
  • High levels of species diversity hamper current understanding of how tropical forests may respond to environmental change. In the tropics, water availability is a leading driver of the diversity and distribution of tree species, suggesting that many tropical taxa may be physiologically incapable of tolerating dry conditions, and that their distributions along moisture gradients can be used to predict their drought tolerance. While this hypothesis has been explored at local and regional scales… CONTINUE READING
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