Mutualist and pathogen traits interact to affect plant community structure in a spatially explicit model

  title={Mutualist and pathogen traits interact to affect plant community structure in a spatially explicit model},
  author={John W. Schroeder and Andrew Dobson and Scott A Mangan and Daniel F. Petticord and Edward Allen Herre},
  journal={Nature Communications},
Empirical studies show that plant-soil feedbacks (PSF) can generate negative density dependent (NDD) recruitment capable of maintaining plant community diversity at landscape scales. However, the observation that common plants often exhibit relatively weaker NDD than rare plants at local scales is difficult to reconcile with the maintenance of overall plant diversity. We develop a spatially explicit simulation model that tracks the community dynamics of microbial mutualists, pathogens, and… 
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