Plant Communities, Evolution of

Brian J. Enquist, Bruce H. Tiffney, John Haskell, Karl J. Niklas

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The patterns and processes within plant communities that underlie the fundamental mechanisms regulating and maintaining biological diversity are reviewed and evaluated. In particular, we focus on general processes or "rules" influencing the evolution of diversity within the framework of ecological communities. We do so by comparing ecological theory with patterns observed in the fossil record and in contemporary communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - 2001


  • Contemporary communities
  • Devonian
  • Ecological communities
  • Ecological theory
  • Evolution of diversity
  • Fossil record
  • Geological time
  • Plant communities
  • Terrestrial plants
  • Vascular plants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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