Appraising the roles of nutrient availability, global change, and functional traits during the angiosperm rise to dominance

Kevin E. Mueller, Aaron F. Diefendorf, Katherine H. Freeman, David M. Eissenstat

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Abstract

To explain the rise of angiosperms during the Cretaceous, Berendse and Scheffer (Ecol. Lett., 12, 2009, 865) invoke feedbacks between leaf litter, soil nutrients, and growth, overlooking other factors affecting resource acquisition by Cretaceous plants. We evaluate their hypothesis, highlight alternative explanations, and emphasize use of a broader framework for understanding the angiosperm radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1-E6
JournalEcology Letters
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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