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The intermediate disturbance hypothesis applies to tropical forests, but disturbance contributes little to tree diversity.

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The intermediate disturbance hypothesis (IDH) predicts local species diversity to be maximal at an intermediate level of disturbance. Developed to explain species maintenance and diversity patterns in species-rich ecosystems such as tropical forests, tests of IDH in tropical forest remain scarce, small-scale and contentious. We use an unprecedented large-scale dataset (2504 one-hectare plots and 331,567 trees) to examine whether IDH explains tree diversity variation within wet, moist and dry ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Plant Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Ecology letters
Volume:
12
Issue:
8
Pages:
798-805
Publication date:
2009-08-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1461-0248
ISSN:
1461-023X
URN:
uuid:150634b2-661f-446a-9b07-8a9de3557835
Source identifiers:
49940
Local pid:
pubs:49940

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