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Tropical Forest Mysteries: Unveiling the Global Consistency of Common Tree Species Patterns  

Josselynn X.Z. Feng
Hainan Institute of Tropical Agricultural Resources, Sanya, 572024, China
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Tree Genetics and Molecular Breeding, 2024, Vol. 14, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/tgmb.2024.14.0002
Received: 23 Dec., 2023    Accepted: 25 Jan., 2024    Published: 15 Feb., 2024
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Feng J.X.Z., 2024, Tropical forest mysteries: Unveiling the global consistency of common tree species patterns, Tree Genetics and Molecular Breeding, 14(1): 8-11 (doi: 10.5376/tgmb.2024.14.0002)


The paper titled "Consistent patterns of common species across tropical tree communities" was published in the journal Nature on January 10, 2024, by authors Declan L.M. Cooper, Simon L.Lewis, Martin J.P. Sullivan, and others, are from the Department of Geography, University College London, London, UK; the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London, UK; and the School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. The research presents a comprehensive study on the abundance patterns of common tree species across old-growth tropical forests in Africa, Amazonia, and Southeast Asia. Using inventory data of over a million trees, the study estimates that a small percentage of species account for half of the tropical trees in these regions. Despite differences in biogeographic history, a consistent pattern of species abundance distribution is observed across continents, suggesting universal mechanisms of tree community assembly.

Tropical forest; Common tree species patterns; Global consistency
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