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Seed size and provenance mediate the joint effects of disturbance and seed predation on community assembly
Maron, John L.; Pearson, Dean E.; Potter, Teal; Ortega, Yvette K. 2012. Seed size and provenance mediate the joint effects of disturbance and seed predation on community assembly. Journal of Ecology. 100: 1492-1500.
Local plant community assembly is influenced by a series of filters that affect the recruitment and establishment of species. These filters include regional factors that limit seeds of any given species from reaching a local site as well as local interactions such as post-dispersal seed predation and disturbance, which dictate what species actually establish. How these filters interact to influence recruitment into local assemblages, and whether they act differentially on individual species based on traits such as seed size or their provenance (i.e. native vs. exotic), has not been well examined. Such studies, however, are crucial for understanding community assembly and for making predictions about what species might be favoured under specific ecological circumstances.
Keywords: community assembly, competition, disturbance, exotic species, invasion, plant population and community dynamics, post-dispersal seed predation, recruitment, seed limitation, seed size
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Electronic Publish Date: September 26, 2013
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