Qualitative differences in tree species distributions along soil chemical gradients give clues to the mechanisms of specialization: why boron may be the most important soil nutrient at Barro Colorado Island.

@article{Steidinger2015QualitativeDI,
  title={Qualitative differences in tree species distributions along soil chemical gradients give clues to the mechanisms of specialization: why boron may be the most important soil nutrient at Barro Colorado Island.},
  author={Brian S. Steidinger},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2015},
  volume={206 3},
  pages={895-9}
}
The partitioning of soil resource niches is a potential explanation for the high diversity of tropical forests. Using a combination of habitat filtering that excludes species from soils outside their range of physiological tolerance (Engelbrecht et al., 2007; Lalibert e et al., 2014) and trade-offs associated with competitive ability for different soil factors (Tilman, 1982; Chase & Leibold, 2003), ecologists can potentially explain the coexistence of any number of species. However, while a… CONTINUE READING
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