Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest

  title={Negative plant–soil feedback predicts tree-species relative abundance in a tropical forest},
  author={S. Mangan and Stefan A. Schnitzer and E. Herre and Keenan M L Mack and Mariana C. Valencia and E. Sanchez and J. Bever},
  • S. Mangan, Stefan A. Schnitzer, +4 authors J. Bever
  • Published 2010
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The accumulation of species-specific enemies around adults is hypothesized to maintain plant diversity by limiting the recruitment of conspecific seedlings relative to heterospecific seedlings. Although previous studies in forested ecosystems have documented patterns consistent with the process of negative feedback, these studies are unable to address which classes of enemies (for example, pathogens, invertebrates, mammals) exhibit species-specific effects strong enough to generate negative… CONTINUE READING
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