Facilitative plant interactions and climate simultaneously drive alpine plant diversity.

@article{Cavieres2014FacilitativePI,
  title={Facilitative plant interactions and climate simultaneously drive alpine plant diversity.},
  author={Lohengrin A Cavieres and Rob W. Brooker and Bradley J. Butterfield and Bradley J. Cook and Zaal Kikvidze and Christopher J. Lortie and Richard Michalet and F I Pugnaire and Christian Sch{\"o}b and Sa Xiao and Fabien Anthelme and Robert G Bj{\"o}rk and K. J. M. Dickinson and Brittany H. Cranston and Rosario G. Gavil{\'a}n and Alba Guti{\'e}rrez-Gir{\'o}n and R{\'o}bert Kanka and Jean-Paul Maalouf and Alan F. Mark and Jalil Noroozi and Rabindra Parajuli and Gareth K. Phoenix and A. H. M. Reid and Wendy M. Ridenour and Christian Rixen and Sonja Wipf and Liang Zhao and Adri{\'a}n Escudero and Benjamin Zaitchik and Emanuele Lingua and Erik T. Aschehoug and Ragan Morrison Callaway},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={193-202}
}
Interactions among species determine local-scale diversity, but local interactions are thought to have minor effects at larger scales. However, quantitative comparisons of the importance of biotic interactions relative to other drivers are rarely made at larger scales. Using a data set spanning 78 sites and five continents, we assessed the relative importance of biotic interactions and climate in determining plant diversity in alpine ecosystems dominated by nurse-plant cushion species. Climate… CONTINUE READING
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