Disentangling biotic and abiotic drivers of intraspecific trait variation in woody plant seedlings at forest edges

Shilu Zheng, Bruce Webber, Raphael Didham, Chun Chen & Mingjian Yu
In fragmented forests, edge effects can drive intraspecific variation in seedling performance that influences forest regeneration and plant composition. However, few studies have attempted to disentangle the relative biotic and abiotic drivers of intraspecific variation in seedling performance. In this study, we carried out a seedling transplant experiment with a factorial experimental design on three land-bridge islands in the Thousand Island Lake, China, using four common native woody plant species. At different distances from the...
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