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Soil properties drive a negative correlation between species diversity and genetic diversity in a tropical seasonal rainforest

A negative species-genetic diversity correlation (SGDC) could be predicted by the niche variation hypothesis, whereby an increase in species diversity within community reduces the genetic diversity of the co-occurring species because of the reduction in average niche breadth; alternatively, competition could reduce effective population size and therefore genetic diversity of the species within community. We tested these predictions within a 20 ha tropical forest dynamics plot (FDP) in the Xishuangbanna tropical seasonal rainforest.

Further reading - Wumei Xu et al. 2016. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 20652 (2016).  doi:10.1038/srep20652