Tropical Monodominance: A Preliminary Test of the Ectomycorrhizal Hypothesis 1

@article{Torti1999TropicalMA,
  title={Tropical Monodominance: A Preliminary Test of the Ectomycorrhizal Hypothesis 1},
  author={Sylvia D. Torti and Phyllis D. Coley},
  journal={Biotropica},
  year={1999},
  volume={31}
}
This study reports results from the first explicit test of the ectomycorrhizal hypothesis for tropical monodominance in the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), where the canopy tree Gilbertiodendron dewevrei forms large, monospecific stands. To test the hypothesis that ectomycorrhizae are important to the success of dominant species, we surveyed the mycorrhizal status of dominant species, as well as other common, but not dominant, species in the forest. The survey… 
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