Hypotheses, mechanisms and trade-offs of tolerance and adaptation to serpentine soils: from species to ecosystem level.

@article{Kazakou2008HypothesesMA,
  title={Hypotheses, mechanisms and trade-offs of tolerance and adaptation to serpentine soils: from species to ecosystem level.},
  author={Elena Kazakou and Panayiotis G Dimitrakopoulos and Angela M Baker and Roger D. Reeves and Andreas Y. Troumbis},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={83 4},
  pages={495-508}
}
Understanding the relative importance of the abiotic environment and species interactions in determining the distribution and abundance of organisms has been a challenge in ecological research. Serpentine substrata are stressful environments for plant growth due to multiple limitations, collectively called the "serpentine syndrome". In the present review, our aim is not only to describe recent work in serpentine ecology, but also to highlight specific mechanisms of species tolerance and… CONTINUE READING

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