Light reduction predicts widespread patterns of dominance between asters and goldenrods

@article{Banta2008LightRP,
  title={Light reduction predicts widespread patterns of dominance between asters and goldenrods},
  author={Joshua A. Banta and Scott C. Stark and Martin H. H. Stevens and Thomas H. Pendergast and Anthony J. Baumert and Walter P. Carson},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={199},
  pages={65-76}
}
Here we investigate the long-cited pattern that throughout the eastern United States, Solidago species (goldenrods), and in particular S. canadensis displace Aster species and dominate old-field communities. Theory predicts that such a ubiquitous pattern of repeated dominance should be linked to competitive ability for a limiting resource. However, no one has investigated this possibility in old-fields, representing a potentially significant gap in our understanding of a common human-altered… CONTINUE READING

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