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  • Differences in the seed germination niche among plant communities

    Germination cues and community assembly in a coastal habitat

    Regeneration by seed is a critical process in the life of plants, and germination traits determine the environments that a species can inhabit. Fernández-Pascual et al. study the germination of thirty species from the western European coastline. They observe that cliff species germinate at low temperatures to prevent emergence during summer drought, while beach plants […] More

  • Depiction of the temperate rain forest understorey light availability in Aiken Park (45°27′S, 72°45′W, 40 m a.s.l), Aysén Region, Chile.

    Light partitioning in temperate rain forests

    In the temperate rainforest of southern Chile, Fajardo and Siefert find that interspecific differences in the leaf mass per area (LMA) trait can explain the fine-scale partitioning of light availability gradients by woody plant species. This niche partitioning potentially facilitates species coexistence at the within-community level. Species with high LMA are shown to occur at […] More

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    Host tree phenology affects vascular epiphytes at the physiological, demographic and community level

    The processes that govern diverse tropical plant communities have rarely been studied in life-forms other than trees. Structurally dependent vascular epiphytes, a major part of tropical biodiversity, grow in a three-dimensional matrix defined by their hosts, but these host trees differ in many ways, not least in leaf phenology. In a recent study published in […] More