Understory plant communities and the functional distinction between savanna trees, forest trees, and pines.

@article{Veldman2013UnderstoryPC,
  title={Understory plant communities and the functional distinction between savanna trees, forest trees, and pines.},
  author={Joseph W Veldman and W. Brett Mattingly and Lars Andrew Brudvig},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={94 2},
  pages={424-34}
}
Although savanna trees and forest trees are thought to represent distinct functional groups with different effects on ecosystem processes, few empirical studies have examined these effects. In particular, it remains unclear if savanna and forest trees differ in their ability to coexist with understory plants, which comprise the majority of plant diversity in most savannas. We used structural equation modeling (SEM) and data from 157 sites across three locations in the southeastern United States… CONTINUE READING

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