Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Second GrowthThe Promise of Tropical Forest Regeneration in an Age of Deforestation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robin L. Chazdon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226117911

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226118109.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2022

Functional Traits and Community Assembly during Secondary Succession

Functional Traits and Community Assembly during Secondary Succession

Chapter:
(p.167) Chapter 10 Functional Traits and Community Assembly during Secondary Succession
Source:
Second Growth
Author(s):

Robin L. Chazdon

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226118109.003.0010

This chapter examines the life forms, functional traits, and functional groups of plants that predominate during different successional stages, and describes patterns and mechanisms of species turnover during succession. The high photosynthetic and growth capacity of plants that colonize early in succession enables these species to compete effectively for high levels of resource availability. But species with these “fast” traits lose their competitive edge later in succession, when establishment and survival depend more upon “slow” traits that reduce intrinsic rates of growth and enable long-term persistence in shaded understory. Changes in species composition during succession reflect a combination of initial floristic composition and relay floristics, in which species colonize sequentially in response to changing forest conditions. Tree recruitment during later stages of succession favors species that are more functionally and phylogenetically distinct than during earlier stages of succession as biotic interactions become increasingly important drivers of community assembly.

Keywords:   community assembly, competition, environmental filtering, functional groups, functional traits, growth, mortality, pioneer, seed size, shade tolerance

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.