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dc.contributor.authorBaraloto, Christopheren_UK
dc.contributor.authorHardy, Olivier Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPaine, C E Timothyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDexter, Kyle Gen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCruaud, Corinneen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDunning, Luke Ten_UK
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez, Mailyn-Adrianaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMolino, Jean-Francoisen_UK
dc.contributor.authorSabatier, Danielen_UK
dc.contributor.authorSavolainen, Vincenten_UK
dc.contributor.authorChave, Jeromeen_UK
dc.description.abstract1. Niche theory proposes that species differences underlie both coexistence within communities and the differentiation in species composition among communities via limiting similarity and environmental filtering. However, it has been difficult to extend niche theory to species-rich communities because of the empirical challenge of quantifying niches for many species. This has motivated the development of functional and phylogeny-based approaches in community ecology, which represent two different means of approximating niche attributes. 2. Here, we assess the utility of plant functional traits and phylogenetic relationships in predicting community assembly processes using the largest trait and phylogenetic data base to date for any set of species-rich communities. 3. We measured 17 functional traits for all 4672 individuals of 668 tree species co-occurring in nine tropical rain forest plots in French Guiana. Trait variation was summarized into two ordination axes that reflect species niche overlap. 4. We also generated a dated molecular phylogenetic tree based on DNA sequencing of two plastid loci (rbcL and matK) comprising 97% of the individuals and 91% of the species in the plots. 5. We found that, on average, co-occurring species had greater functional and, to a lesser extent, phylogenetic similarity than expected by chance. 6. We also found that functional traits and their ordination loadings showed significant, albeit weak, phylogenetic signal, suggesting that phylogenetic distance provides pertinent information on niche overlap in tropical tree communities. 7. Synthesis. We provide the most comprehensive examination to date of the relative importance of environmental filtering and limiting similarity in structuring tropical tree communities. Our results confirm that environmental filtering is the overriding influence on community assembly in these species-rich systems.en_UK
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell for the British Ecological Societyen_UK
dc.relationBaraloto C, Hardy OJ, Paine CET, Dexter KG, Cruaud C, Dunning LT, Gonzalez M, Molino J, Sabatier D, Savolainen V & Chave J (2012) Using functional traits and phylogenetic trees to examine the assembly of tropical tree communities. Journal of Ecology, 100 (3), pp. 690-701.
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dc.subjectdeterminants of plant community diversity and structureen_UK
dc.subjectenvironmental filteringen_UK
dc.subjectFrench Guianaen_UK
dc.subjectfunctional traitsen_UK
dc.subjectlimiting similarityen_UK
dc.subjectphylogenetic signalen_UK
dc.subjecttropical forestsen_UK
dc.subjectPlant ecophysiologyen_UK
dc.subjectPlants Reproductionen_UK
dc.titleUsing functional traits and phylogenetic trees to examine the assembly of tropical tree communitiesen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Ecologyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUMR "Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane", French Guianaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversite Libre de Bruxellesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCommissariat a L’Energie Atomique–Institut de Genomique, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationImperial College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUMR AMAP, Montpellier, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUMR AMAP, Montpellier, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationImperial College Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Franceen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorBaraloto, Christopher|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHardy, Olivier J|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPaine, C E Timothy|0000-0001-8705-3719en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDexter, Kyle G|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCruaud, Corinne|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDunning, Luke T|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGonzalez, Mailyn-Adriana|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMolino, Jean-Francois|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorSabatier, Daniel|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorSavolainen, Vincent|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorChave, Jerome|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameBaraloto et al_2012_JnlofEcology.pdfen_UK
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