Research in 2015 has seen progress on five fronts:
Figure 1. The Plant model generates realistic vegetation patterns matching observations in dependence on a site’s environmental conditions. The vegetation’s biodiversity is shown in terms of the successional dynamics of different species (distinguished by color) after a disturbance .
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 Kaiser C, Franklin O, Richter A & Dieckmann U (2015). Social dynamics within decomposer communities lead to nitrogen retention and organic matter build-up in soils. Nature Communications 6: 8960.
 Falster DS, FitzJohn RG, Brännström Å, Dieckmann U & Westoby M (2016). Plant: A package for modelling forest trait ecology and evolution. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 7: 136–146.
 Falster DS, Brännström Å, Westoby M & Dieckmann U (2016). Extended niche models yield rich competitive coexistence and near-neutrality in forests. Science Advances, in press.
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