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    Competition has historically been viewed as the predominant process affecting plant community structure. In particular, it is often assumed that the dominant resident species is the superior competitor and therefore has large impacts on plant community diversity. This assumption, however, is seldom tested. As well, there are a variety of other processes such as dispersal limitation and seed predation that can influence community structure, although the relative importance of these processes in relation to competition from resident species is still unclear.

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    Pinto, Sarah M.; Pearson, Dean E.; Maron, John L. 2014. Seed dispersal is more limiting to grassland diversity than competition or seed predation. Journal of Ecology. 102: 1258-1265.


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    determinants of plant community diversity and structure, dispersal limitation, dominance, relative abundance, seedling establishment, species richness

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