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- Gastauer, Markus, et al. Show all 4 Authors
- Journal of arid environments 2017 v.142 pp. 50-58
- dry environmental conditions; ground vegetation; herbaceous plants; herbivores; nurse plants; phylogeny; species diversity; trees; vegetation
- ... Nurse plants reduce the environmental severity experienced by neighboring plants by providing shade, enabling nutrient accumulation or protection from herbivores within patches of vegetation. Nurse plants should preferentially promote the coexistence of ecologically dissimilar species with little niche overlap, and if ecological traits are conserved within evolutionary lineages, this should result ...