Statistical patterns in tropical tree cover explained by the different water demand of individual trees and grasses.

@article{Bertram2013StatisticalPI,
  title={Statistical patterns in tropical tree cover explained by the different water demand of individual trees and grasses.},
  author={Jason Bertram and Roderick C. Dewar},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={94 10},
  pages={2138-44}
}
Tree cover varies enormously across tropical ecosystems-from arid savannas to closed rain forests-and yet a general predictive theory of tropical tree cover remains elusive. Here we use the maximum-entropy method to predict the most likely sample frequency distribution of ecosystems with different tree and grass fractional cover if balance between water supply and demand were the dominant constraint on community assembly. Assuming a hierarchy of individual plant water demand in which trees… CONTINUE READING