Ecology, Environment and Conservation
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Reports from McGill University advance knowledge in ecology
December 12th, 2008
According to recent research from Montreal, Canada, "Understanding coexistence of highly shade-tolerant tree species is a long-standing challenge for forest ecologists. A conceptual model for the coexistence of sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and American beech (Fagus grandifolia) has been proposed, based on a low-light survival/high-light growth trade-off, which interacts with soil fertility and small-scale spatiotemporal variation in the environment."
"In this study, we first tested whether the spatial distribution of seedlings and saplings can be predicted by the spatiotemporal variability of light availability and soil fertility, and second, the manner in which the...
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Source: Ecology, Environment and Conservation (2008-12-12)