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Comment on “Disentangling the Drivers of β Diversity Along Latitudinal and Elevational Gradients”

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Science  30 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6076, pp. 1573
DOI: 10.1126/science.1216450

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Abstract

Kraft et al. (Report, 23 September 2011, p. 1755) analyzed two data sets and concluded that “there is no need to invoke differences in the mechanisms of community assembly in temperate versus tropical systems to explain these global-scale patterns of β diversity.” We show that their conclusion is based on inappropriate data and inadequate methods of analysis.

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