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Record number 417896
Title Shrub facilitation increases plant diversity along an arid scrubland-temperate rainforest boundary in South America
Author(s) Zonneveld, M.J. van; Gutierrez, J.R.; Holmgren, M.
Source Journal of Vegetation Science 23 (2012)3. - ISSN 1100-9233 - p. 541 - 551.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01379.x
Department(s) Resource Ecology
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) stress-gradient hypothesis - positive interactions - herbivore pressure - tree establishment - atacama desert - coastal chile - nurse plants - communities - regeneration - underneath
Abstract Theoretical models predict nurse plant facilitation enhances species richness by ameliorating stressful environmental conditions and expanding distributional ranges of stress-intolerant species into harsh environments. We studied the role of nurse facilitation on the recruitment of perennial plants along an arid scrubland–temperate rain forest boundary to test the following predictions: (1) nurse shrub canopy increases seedling abundance and species richness along the rain forest–scrubland boundary; (2) scrubland species are less dependent on facilitative interactions than temperate rain forest species, especially at the moister, upper end of the gradient.
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