Successional changes in functional composition contrast for dry and wet tropical forest

M.W.M. Lohbeck, L. Poorter, E.E. Lebrija-Trejos, M. Martinez-Ramos, J.A. Meave, H. Paz, E.A. Perez-Garcia, I.E. Romero-Perez, A. Tauro, F. Bongers

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Abstract

We tested whether and how functional composition changes with succession in dry deciduous and wet evergreen forests of Mexico. We hypothesized that compositional changes during succession in dry forest were mainly determined by increasing water availability leading to community functional changes from conservative to acquisitive strategies, and in wet forest by decreasing light availability leading to changes from acquisitive to conservative strategies. Research was carried out in 15 dry secondary forest plots (5–63 years after abandonment) and 17 wet secondary forest plots (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1211-1216
JournalEcology
Volume94
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • leaf life-span
  • secondary succession
  • seed size
  • neotropical forests
  • economics spectrum
  • woody-plants
  • traits
  • mortality
  • diversity
  • worldwide

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