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Soil-borne pathogens drive tree diversity in forests, study shows
Date:6/25/2010

s the opposite of what the team expected, says Schnitzer. And when the team scaled up the empirical data using simulation models they created, they found the same relationship between negative feedbacks and abundance.

The next step for the research team is to isolate the exact pathogens that are so powerful against each species. Using a genomics approach, they will examine how soil varies in the plant populations.

Schnitzer emphasizes that the work describes what could be one of many mechanisms that determine species abundance in forests. "We don't claim that because we found evidence of one mechanism, that there aren't others that also could be at work, but we know that this one is probably very important."


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Contact: Stefan Schnitzer
schnite@uwm.edu
01-150-765-057-510
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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