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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.1216393


Kraft et al. (Report, 23 September 2011, p. 1755) argued that the latitudinal trend in β diversity is spurious and just reflects a trend in γ diversity. Their results depend on the idiosyncrasies of their data, especially the latitudinally varying degree of undersampling and a local sampling setup that is not suitable for analyzing drivers of β diversity.

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