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Spatial scale resolves the niche versus neutral theory debate

Author:
Chase, Jonathan M.
Source:
Journal of vegetation science 2014 v.25 no.2 pp. 319-322
ISSN:
1100-9233
Subject:
ecology, forests, islands, trees, Panama
Abstract:
The 50‐ha long‐term forest plot on Barro Colorado Island in Panama was ‘ground zero’ for the development of ecology's ‘neutral theory’ and comparisons with its ‘niche theory’ counterpart. In this issue, Garzon‐Lopez and colleagues used tree distributions at this site to recast the unresolved (and unresolvable) debate to show that observational scale drives the perception of which processes predominate.
Agid:
245142