Diversity-disturbance relationships: frequency and intensity interact.

Abstract

An influential ecological theory, the intermediate disturbance hypothesis (IDH), predicts that intermediate levels of disturbance will maximize species diversity. Empirical studies, however, have described a wide variety of diversity-disturbance relationships (DDRs). Using experimental populations of microbes, we show that the form of the DDR depends on an… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0282

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