Facilitation in Plant Communities

Authored by: Ragan M. Callaway , Francisco I. Pugnaire

Functiona Plant Ecology

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780849374883
eBook ISBN: 9781420007626
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Until the last decade, the importance of positive relationships among plant species have been underestimated in community ecology, perhaps based on broader perspectives on the individualistic nature of communities (Callaway 1997). However, rapidly accumulating evidence for common and strong facilitative effects in communities (Callaway 1995, Bruno et al. 2003) have led to reconsideration of formal community theory and the rejection of strict individualistic theory by some ecologists (Lortie et al. 2004).

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