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Genetic Differences Influence the Structure of Comunities

Post by edfrank » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:26 pm

Genetic Differences Influence the Structure of Ecological Communities
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 093238.htm


Click on image to see its original size This is a tropical tree covered with epiphyte plants. (Credit: R Preziosi)
ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2011) — Scientists from The University of Manchester are among a group of researchers investigating how genetic differences among individuals contribute to the way ecological communities form, interact and change over time...

...The Manchester team studied the plant and invertebrate communities that live on the Breadnut trees of the tropical forests of Belize in Central America to discover the extent to which an individual tree determines what species live on and around it.

"We found that more genetically similar trees were host to more similar communities of epiphytic plants, leaf litter invertebrates and trunk invertebrates," said Dr Preziosi. "The discovery was surprising given the diversity of the rainforest system and the numerous interactions between species that occur within it.

"Our work shows that there may be structuring within these ecosystems at the level of the trees, which has high biological significance in terms of rainforest conservation and restoration."...
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