Tree Diversity in Tropical Rain Forests: A Validation of the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis

@article{Molino2001TreeDI,
  title={Tree Diversity in Tropical Rain Forests: A Validation of the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis},
  author={J. Molino and D. Sabatier},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={294},
  pages={1702 - 1704}
}
The “intermediate disturbance hypothesis,” which postulates maximum diversity at intermediate regimes of disturbance, has never been clearly proved to apply to species-rich tropical forest tree communities and to local-scale canopy disturbances that modify light environments. This hypothesis was tested on a sample of 17,000 trees in a Guianan forest, 10 years after a silvicultural experiment that added to natural treefall gaps a wide range of disturbance intensities. Species richness… Expand
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