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Pathogens and insect herbivores drive rainforest plant diversity and composition.

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Tropical forests are important reservoirs of biodiversity, but the processes that maintain this diversity remain poorly understood. The Janzen-Connell hypothesis suggests that specialized natural enemies such as insect herbivores and fungal pathogens maintain high diversity by elevating mortality when plant species occur at high density (negative density dependence; NDD). NDD has been detected widely in tropical forests, but the prediction that NDD caused by insects and pathogens has a commun...

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10.1038/nature12911

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Journal:
Nature
Volume:
506
Issue:
7486
Pages:
85-88
Publication date:
2014-02-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:2f7516c9-7d45-43d9-a428-2665e0feec48
Source identifiers:
447677
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pubs:447677

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