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The statistical mechanics of community assembly and species distribution.

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• Theoretically, communities at or near their equilibrium species number resist entry of new species. Such 'biotic resistance' recently has been questioned because of successful entry of alien species into diverse natural communities. • Data on 10,409 naturalizations of 5350 plant species over 16 sites dispersed globally show exponential distributions both for species over sites and for sites over number of species shared. These exponentials signal a statistical mechanics of species distribut...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Bowler, MG More by this author
Harvey, PH More by this author
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Journal:
The New phytologist
Volume:
191
Issue:
3
Pages:
819-827
Publication date:
2011-08-05
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EISSN:
1469-8137
ISSN:
0028-646X
URN:
uuid:7271f7d0-0b96-4b68-943c-1b36df8d483e
Source identifiers:
138806
Local pid:
pubs:138806

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