The effect of temporal environmental heterogeneity on community structure: a replicated experimental study
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- Robinson, J.V. & Sandgren, C.D. Oecologia (1983) 57: 98. doi:10.1007/BF00379566
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Periodicity, predictability and stochasticity of environmental perturbations are shown to influence the community structure that develops in microcosms. Sets of replicate, microalgal communities were subjected to different temporal patterns of rarefaction and resource resupply and their species-abundance patterns after 120 days of such manipulations were determined. Perturbations having, 1, 7, and 28 day periodicities differentially effected community structure. The predictability of these perturbations had a less profound influence on the communities which developed than the average perturbation periodicity.