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...Expand abstract
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Funding body: Natural Environment Research Council
Grant/Award number: NE⁄DO10721⁄1
Pathogens and insect herbivores drive rainforest plant diversity and composition.
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