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Forest Succession

Part of the series Springer Advanced Texts in Life Sciences pp 132-153

Quaternary History and the Stability of Forest Communities

  • Margaret Bryan Davis

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Abstract

The concept of stability of plant communities inevitably enters discussions of forest succession. Succession following disturbance often leads to restoration of the original community, which is seen as the equilibrium community for the site. In this context, succession can be viewed as a mechanism maintaining stability.