Data from: A test of community assembly rules using foliar endophytes from a tropical forest canopy

Julian Donald, Mélanie Roy, Uxue Suescun, Amaia Iribar, Sophie Manzi, Léonie Péllissier, Philippe Gaucher & Jérôme Chave
Community assembly theory assumes that ecological communities are spatially delimited into patches. Within these patches, coexistence results from environmental filtering, competition, and immigration. Truly delineated communities exist in laboratory studies of microbial cultures in Petri dishes, yet empirical tests conducted in continuous environments often use patches defined by convention as opposed to realised boundaries. Here we perform a test of ecological community assembly rules using foliar endophyte communities from a tropical rainforest, where leaves are...
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