Phylogeny and the niche structure of meadow plant communities

  title={Phylogeny and the niche structure of meadow plant communities},
  author={Jonathan Silvertown and Mike Dodd and David Gowing},
1 Because related species tend to be ecologically similar, it has long been recognized that the phylogenetic relationships between species in a community are likely to influence its structure. Previous investigations of the influence of phylogeny on community structure have generally shown that congeneric species are more frequent than would be expected if communities were randomly assembled. Because, under most theories of coexistence, stable coexistence requires ecological differences between… CONTINUE READING