Plant diversity in tropical forests: a review of mechanisms of species coexistence

@article{Wright2017PlantDI,
  title={Plant diversity in tropical forests: a review of mechanisms of species coexistence},
  author={Joseph S. Wright},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2017},
  volume={130},
  pages={1-14}
}
Evidence concerning mechanisms hypothesized to explain species coexistence in hyper-diverse communities is reviewed for tropical forest plants. Three hypotheses receive strong support. Niche differences are evident from non-random spatial distributions along micro-topographic gradients and from a survivorship-growth tradeoff during regeneration. Host-specific pests reduce recruitment near reproductive adults (the Janzen-Connell effect), and, negative density dependence occurs over larger… 
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