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Fast demographic traits promote high diversification rates of Amazonian trees

1 University of Leeds
2 Royal Botanic Garden [Edinburgh]
3 UNAM - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México = National Autonomous University of Mexico
4 JCU - James Cook University
5 University of Kent [Canterbury]
6 Universidad del Tolima
7 Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado [Bolivie]
8 WUR - Wageningen University and Research [Wageningen]
9 Herbario Universitario PORT
10 Projeto TEAM-Manaus
11 EEF - Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières [devient SILVA en 2018]
12 EDB - Evolution et Diversité Biologique
13 School of Geosciences [Edinburgh]
14 University of Texas at Austin [Austin]
15 MPEG - Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi [Belém, Brésil]
16 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
17 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
18 INPA - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia = National Institute of Amazonian Research
19 IIAP - Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana
20 UNSAAC - Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
21 Conservation International
22 IBIF - Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal
23 UCL - University College of London [London]
24 University of Oxford
25 UNEMAT - Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso
26 Missouri Botanical Garden
27 Universidad Estatal Amazonica
28 Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Amazonía
29 Division of Marine Science and Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment
30 Instituto de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo Forestal
31 EMBRAPA Amazonia Oriental
32 UFRA - Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia
33 UFAC - Universidade Federal do Acre
34 CENARGEN - Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia
35 Naturalis Biodiversity Center [Leiden]
36 Universiteit Utrecht
37 Universidad Autonoma del Beni
Timothy R. Baker
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Iêda Amaral
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Jerome Chave
Eduardo Eler
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Susan Laurance
Yadvinder Malhi
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Oliver L. Phillips
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The Amazon rain forest sustains the world's highest tree diversity, but it remains unclear why some clades of trees are hyperdiverse, whereas others are not. Using dated phylogenies, estimates of current species richness and trait and demographic data from a large network of forest plots, we show that fast demographic traits - short turnover times - are associated with high diversification rates across 51 clades of canopy trees. This relationship is robust to assuming that diversification rates are either constant or decline over time, and occurs in a wide range of Neotropical tree lineages. This finding reveals the crucial role of intrinsic, ecological variation among clades for understanding the origin of the remarkable diversity of Amazonian trees and forests.

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hal-01555612 , version 1 (04-07-2017)



Timothy R. Baker, R. Toby Pennington, Susan Magallon, Emanuel Gloor, William F. Laurance, et al.. Fast demographic traits promote high diversification rates of Amazonian trees. Ecology Letters, 2014, 17 (5), pp.527 - 536. ⟨10.1111/ele.12252⟩. ⟨hal-01555612⟩
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