Ecological similarity is related to phylogenetic distance between species in a cross-niche field transplant experiment.

@article{Anacker2016EcologicalSI,
  title={Ecological similarity is related to phylogenetic distance between species in a cross-niche field transplant experiment.},
  author={Brian L. Anacker and Sharon Y. Strauss},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={97 7},
  pages={
          1807-1818
        }
}
To determine whether phylogenetic relatedness predicts ecological niche differences and community assembly in the field, we transplanted 16 focal plant species into field niches of species of increasing phylogenetic relatedness, manipulated the presence of plant neighbors, and measured environmental covariates. We found that plant survivorship declined with increasing phylogenetic distance in the presence of neighbors, but with neighbor removal, reached a low point in field niches occupied by… CONTINUE READING
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