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Close relatives are bad news

In tropical rainforests, tree seedlings growing close to their parent are more likely to die. This mortality, caused by soil organisms, helps to explain the coexistence and relative abundance of species.

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Figure 1: Tree diversity in Panama.

CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER

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Lewis, O. Close relatives are bad news. Nature 466, 698–699 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/466698a

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