Studies on the Coexistence of Tree Species in Forest Communities

  • Tohru Nakashizuka
  • Hiroshi Tanaka
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 158)


What mechanisms enable different species to coexist in a community? What are the ecological assembly rules that determine the composition and organization of a community? These are among the key questions of ecology. The answers to these questions and the elucidation of these mechanisms for maintaining species diversity in a community will help us develop techniques to protect species diversity in forest management practices. The studies in this book focus on the diversity and coexistence mechanisms of tree species, while incorporating some aspects of the interaction between trees and other organisms. Trees are the main primary producers in forest ecosystems and determine the fundamental characteristics of structure, productivity and dynamics of the ecosystem. These characteristics of the forest ecosystem generate the necessary conditions for maintaining the diversity of the other organisms, and the interactive processes between trees and other organisms enable different species of trees to coexist.


Tree Species Forest Community Species Pool Species Coexistence Coexistence Mechanism 
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  • Tohru Nakashizuka
  • Hiroshi Tanaka

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