Models, mechanisms and pathways of succession

  title={Models, mechanisms and pathways of succession},
  author={Steward T. A. Pickett and Scott L Collins and Juan J. Armesto},
  journal={The Botanical Review},
The study of succession has been hampered by the lack of a general theory. This is illustrated by confusion over basic concepts and inadequacy of certain models. This review clarifies the basic ideas of pathway, mechanism, and model in succession. Second, in order to prevent inappropriate narrowness in successional studies, we analyze the mechanistic adequacy of the most widely cited models of succession, those of Connell and Slatyer. This analysis shows that models involving a single pathway… CONTINUE READING
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