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A matter of time for tropical diversity


There is a species-diversity gradient on Earth, with the greatest diversity found near the Equator. Analysis of forest data now reveals a mechanism aiding species coexistence in the tropics that might underlie this phenomenon. See Letter p.105

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Figure 1: Seedling growth in temperate and tropical forests.


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