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Plant diversity rooted in pathogens

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Ecologists have long pondered how so many species of plant can coexist locally in tropical forests. It seems that fungal pathogens have a central role, by disadvantaging species where they are locally common. See Letter p.85

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Muller-Landau, H. Plant diversity rooted in pathogens. Nature 506, 44–45 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12851

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