The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and natural enemy communities on seedling dynamics in a secondary tropical rain forest

TitleThe role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, and natural enemy communities on seedling dynamics in a secondary tropical rain forest
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBachelot, B
UniversityColumbia University
Accession NumberLUQ.1356
Other Numbers1356
AbstractIdentifying the mechanisms that prevent competitive exclusion in tropical forests is a key goal of tropical ecology. Because trees are long-lived organisms, it is complicated to test theory related to coexistence. However, the seedling stage, during which tree mortality is the highest, offers an ideal proxy to evaluate mechanisms that promote or hinder tree species coexistence. This dissertation utilizes both theory and empirical approaches to investigate two mechanisms thought to influence seedling dynamics and tree species coexistence: negative feedbacks from tree natural enemies and positive feedbacks from arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi.
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