Mechanisms of Succession in Natural Communities and Their Role in Community Stability and Organization

@article{Connell1977MechanismsOS,
  title={Mechanisms of Succession in Natural Communities and Their Role in Community Stability and Organization},
  author={J. Connell and R. O. Slatyer},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1977},
  volume={111},
  pages={1119 - 1144}
}
  • J. Connell, R. O. Slatyer
  • Published 1977
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • The sequence of species observed after a relatively large space is opened up is a consequence of the following mechanisms. "Opportunist" species with broad dispersal powers and rapid growth to maturity usually arrive first and occupy empty space. These species cannot invade and grow in the presence of adults of their own or other species. Several alternative mechanisms may then determine which species replace these early occupants. Three models of such mechanisms have been proposed. The first… CONTINUE READING
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