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Four opportunities for studies of ecological succession

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Prach, K. and Walker, L.R., 2011. "Four opportunities for studies of ecological succession" Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 26, pp.119-123.

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  • Faculty of Science USB, Branisovska 31, CZ-370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic 2
  • Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Dukelska 143, CZ-379 82 Trebon, Czech Republic 3
  • School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA   


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  • The authors introduce two main approaches that are currently facilitating the study of succession: 1)Standardized experimental manipulation (removal or addition of abiotic and biotic factors) across ecological gradients can help elucidate the drivers of succession, 2) and the use of  meta-analyses of successional data improve the ability to observe temporal changes across broader geographical scales.
  • -Modern disturbances, such as biodiversity loss, introduction of invasive species, and climate change  affect rates and direction of succesion. These occurrencess offer valuable opportunities to observe how such disturbances influence ecological succession.
  • Additional manipulations to enhance such disturbances (through deliberate introduction of invasive species, removal of biodiversity, or increasing CO2) can act as a guiding force to better view the specific drivers of succession
  • These diverse observations can, in turn, guide ecologcal restoration efforts across multiple ecological gradients.

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