The promise and pitfalls of β-diversity in ecology and conservation

Jonathan A. Myers, Joseph A. LaManna

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A key challenge in ecology and conservation is to determine how processes at different scales create variation in community composition (β-diversity). In this issue, Oldén & Halme show that grazers increase β-diversity through multiple processes at different scales. We discuss how β-diversity can elucidate fundamental processes of community assembly, challenges in linking processes to patterns, and unresolved questions across scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1081-1083
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vegetation Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


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