Linking Community and Ecosystem Processes: The Role of Minor Species

  title={Linking Community and Ecosystem Processes: The Role of Minor Species},
  author={Bertrand R Boeken and Moshe Shachak},
The link between species and ecosystem functioning is a central issue in ecology. In natural plant communities, the dominant species determine most of the productivity-related processes but what is the function of minor species? A recent hypothesis suggests that after disturbance, minor species facilitate the recruitment and abundance of dominants during re-colonization, thus indirectly determining ecosystem function. We tested this hypothesis using a long-term dataset of annual plant… CONTINUE READING

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