Disturbance and diversity in experimental microcosms

  title={Disturbance and diversity in experimental microcosms},
  author={Angus Buckling and Rees Kassen and Graham Bell and Paul B. Rainey},
External agents of mortality (disturbances) occur over a wide range of scales of space and time, and are believed to have large effects on species diversity. The “intermediate disturbance hypothesis”, which proposes maximum diversity at intermediate frequencies of disturbance, has received support from both field and laboratory studies. Coexistence of species at intermediate frequencies of disturbance is thought to require trade-offs between competitive ability and disturbance tolerance, and a… CONTINUE READING

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