Niche partitioning between close relatives suggests trade-offs between adaptation to local environments and competition

@inproceedings{Peterson2013NichePB,
  title={Niche partitioning between close relatives suggests trade-offs between adaptation to local environments and competition},
  author={Megan L Peterson and Kevin J. Rice and Jason P. Sexton},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
  year={2013}
}
Niche partitioning among close relatives may reflect trade-offs underlying species divergence and coexistence (e.g., between stress tolerance and competitive ability). We quantified the effects of habitat and congeneric species interactions on fitness for two closely related herbaceous plant species, Mimulus guttatus and Mimulus laciniatus, in three common habitat types within their sympatric range. Drought stress strongly reduced survival of M. guttatus in fast-drying seeps occupied by M… CONTINUE READING

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