Tropical Forest Diversity--The Plot Thickens

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Science  26 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5504, pp. 606-607
DOI: 10.1126/science.1055873

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Ecologists have long pondered why tropical forests contain such a huge number of species and what factors might be responsible for maintaining this diversity. In a Perspective, Burslem and colleagues discuss unique data sets from the forest dynamics plots (FDP) network, which shed light on the factors responsible for tropical forest diversity.