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Why Functional Traits Do Not Predict Tree Demographic Rates
Yang, Jie; Cao, Min; Swenson, Nathan G.
2018
Source PublicationTRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION
ISSN0169-5347
Volume33Issue:5Pages:326-336
AbstractFoundational to trait-based community ecology is the expectation that functional traits determine demographic outcomes. However, trait demographic rate relationships are frequently weak, particularly in tree communities. The foundation of trait-based tree community ecology may, therefore, appear to be unstable. Here we argue that there are three core reasons why trait demographic relationships are generally weak in tree communities. Specifically, important contextual information is frequently ignored, there is too much focus on species relative to individuals, and there are dimensions of tree function that are critical for determining tree demographic rates that are not captured by easily measured functional traits. Rather than being evidence that trait-based community ecology is fundamentally flawed, these issues elucidate a pathway towards a more robust research program.
Department其他
Subject AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Evolutionary Biology ; Genetics & Heredity
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.xtbg.org.cn/handle/353005/10844
Collection森林生态研究组
Corresponding AuthorCao, Min
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Yang, Jie,Cao, Min,Swenson, Nathan G.. Why Functional Traits Do Not Predict Tree Demographic Rates[J]. TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION,2018,33(5):326-336.
APA Yang, Jie,Cao, Min,&Swenson, Nathan G..(2018).Why Functional Traits Do Not Predict Tree Demographic Rates.TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION,33(5),326-336.
MLA Yang, Jie,et al."Why Functional Traits Do Not Predict Tree Demographic Rates".TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION 33.5(2018):326-336.
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