Seed dispersal by wind decreases when plants are water-stressed, potentially counteracting species coexistence and niche evolution

Jinlei Zhu, Nataša Lukić, Verena Rajtschan, Julia Walter & Frank Schurr
Hydrology is a major environmental factor determining plant fitness, and hydrological niche segregation (HNS) has been widely used to explain species coexistence. Nevertheless, the distribution of plant species along hydrological gradients does not only depend on their hydrological niches but also on their seed dispersal, with dispersal either weakening or reinforcing the effects of HNS on coexistence. However, it is poorly understood how seed dispersal responds to hydrological conditions. To close this gap, we conducted...
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