Phylogenetic plant community structure along elevation is lineage specific

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Title
Phylogenetic plant community structure along elevation is lineage specific
Journal
Ecology and Evolution
Author(s)
Ndiribe C., Pellissier L., Antonelli S., Dubuis A., Pottier J., Vittoz P., Guisan A., Salamin N.
ISSN
2045-7758
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
3
Number
15
Pages
4925-4939
Language
english
Abstract
The trend of closely related taxa to retain similar environmental preferences mediated by inherited traits suggests that several patterns observed at the community scale originate from longer evolutionary processes. While the effects of phylogenetic relatedness have been previously studied within a single genus or family, lineage-specific effects on the ecological processes governing community assembly have rarely been studied for entire communities or flora. Here, we measured how community phylogenetic structure varies across a wide elevation gradient for plant lineages represented by thirty-five families, using a co-occurrence index and net relatedness index (NRI). We propose a framework that analyses each lineage separately and reveals the trend of ecological assembly at tree nodes. We found prevailing phylogenetic clustering for more ancient nodes and overdispersion in more recent tree nodes. Closely related species may thus rapidly evolve new environmental tolerances to radiate into distinct communities, while older lineages likely retain inherent environmental tolerances to occupy communities in similar environments, either through efficient dispersal mechanisms or the exclusion of older lineages with more divergent environmental tolerances. Our study illustrates the importance of disentangling the patterns of community assembly among lineages to better interpret the ecological role of traits. It also sheds light on studies reporting absence of phylogenetic signal, and opens new perspectives on the analysis of niche and trait conservatism across lineages.
Keywords
Community structure, elevation gradient, mountain plants, phylogenetic clustering, phylogenetic overdispersion
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Yes
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