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García-Girón, J., Heino, J., Baastrup-Spohr, L., Clayton, J., de Winton, M., Feldmann, T., Fernández-Aláez, C., Ecke, F., Hoyer, M.V., Kolada, A., Kosten, S., Lukács, B.A., Mormul, R.P., Rhazi, L., Rhazi, M., Sass, L., Xu, J. and Alahuhta, J. (2020), Elements of lake macrophyte metacommunity structure: Global variation and community-environment relationships. Limnol Oceanogr, 65: 2883-2895. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11559

Elements of lake macrophyte metacommunity structure : global variation and community-environment relationships

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Author: García-Girón, Jorge1,2; Heino, Jani3; Baastrup-Spohr, Lars4;
Organizations: 1Ecology Unit, University of León, León, Spain
2Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Finnish Environment Institute, Freshwater Centre, Oulu, Finland
4Freshwater Biological Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, København Ø, Denmark
5National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited, Hamilton, New Zealand
6Centre for Limnology, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartumaa, Estonia
7Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden
8Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden
9Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
10Department of Freshwater Protection, Institute of Environmental Protection–National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland
11Department of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
12Department of Tisza River Research, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Debrecen, Hungary
13Department of Biology, Research Group in Limnology, Ichthyology and Aquaculture—Nupélia, State University of Maringá, Mringá, Puerto Rico, Brazil
14Research Center of Plant and Microbial Biotechnologies, Biodiversity and Environment, Faculty of Sciences, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Rabat, Morocco
15Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Biology, Moulay Ismail University, Errachidia, Morocco
16Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
17Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology, Wuhan, China
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021062840194
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-07-30
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Abstract

Documenting the patterns of biological diversity on Earth has always been a central challenge in macroecology and biogeography. However, we are only beginning to generate an understanding of the global patterns and determinants of macrophyte diversity. Here, we studied large-scale variation and community-environment relationships of lake macrophytes along climatic and geographical gradients using regional data from six continents. We applied statistical routines typically used in the context of metacommunity studies to provide novel insights into macrophyte community compositional patterns within regions worldwide. We found that lake macrophyte metacommunities followed clumped species replacement structures, suggesting that two or more species groups were responding similarly to the environment within regions. Underlying such general convergence, our results also provided evidence that community-environment relationships were largely context-dependent, stressing that no single mechanism is enough to account for the complex nature of compositional variation. Surprisingly, we found no general relationships between functional or phylogenetic composition and main metacommunity types, suggesting that linking multi-trait and evolutionary information to the elements of metacommunity structure is not straightforward. Our findings highlight that global conservation initiatives and biodiversity protection need to capture environmental variation at the metacommunity level, and acknowledge the highly context-dependent patterns in the community-environment relationships of lake macrophytes. Overall, we emphasize the need to embrace the potential complexity of ecological inferences in metacommunity organization across the globe.

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Series: Limnology and oceanography
ISSN: 0024-3590
ISSN-E: 0024-3590
ISSN-L: 0024-3590
Volume: 65
Issue: 12
Pages: 2883 - 2895
DOI: 10.1002/lno.11559
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/lno.11559
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
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Funding: J.G.G. appreciates financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Industry (project METAPONDS—grant CGL2017-84176R), the Junta of Castilla y León—grant LE004G18 and from the Fundación Biodiversidad (Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge). B.A.L. was supported by National Research, Development and Innovation Office—grant NKFIH, OTKA PD120775 and by the Bolyai János Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. S.K. was supported by NWO Veni grant 86312012. Sampling of the coastal Brazilian lakes was financed by NWO grant W84-549; The National Geographic Society grant 7864-5; and CNPq grants 480122, 490409, 311427. Provision of New Zealand macrophyte data was possible via NIWA SSIF funding. The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management funded sampling of macrophytes in Sweden via the component program Trend lakes within the national environmental monitoring.
Copyright information: © 2020 Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: García-Girón, J., Heino, J., Baastrup-Spohr, L., Clayton, J., de Winton, M., Feldmann, T., Fernández-Aláez, C., Ecke, F., Hoyer, M.V., Kolada, A., Kosten, S., Lukács, B.A., Mormul, R.P., Rhazi, L., Rhazi, M., Sass, L., Xu, J. and Alahuhta, J. (2020), Elements of lake macrophyte metacommunity structure: Global variation and community-environment relationships. Limnol Oceanogr, 65: 2883-2895, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11559. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.