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Ellenberg’s water table experiment put to the test: species optima along a hydrological gradient

Bartelheimer, Maik ; Poschlod, Peter


An important aspect of niche theory is the position of species' optima along ecological gradients. It is widely believed that a species' ecological optimum takes its shape only under competitive pressure. The ecological optimum, therefore, is thought to differ from the physiological optimum in the absence of interspecific competition. Ellenberg's Hohenheim water table experiment has been very ...


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