Increasing importance of niche versus neutral processes in the assembly of plant–herbivore networks during succession

Christopher Bosc & Anton Pauw
Recent studies suggest that the assembly of trophic interaction networks is the result of both niche (deterministic and selective) and neutral (stochastic) processes, but we know little about their relative importance. Succession following disturbance offers a good opportunity to address this question. Studies of single-trophic guilds suggest that, shortly after a disturbance, such as a fire, neutral assembly processes (e.g. colonisation events) dominate whereas niche processes (selection) become more and more important as succession proceeds....
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