A new paper is now out in Journal of Ecology (100:6) :
Community assembly along a soil depth gradient: contrasting patterns of plant trait convergence and divergence in a Mediterranean rangeland
Maud Bernard-Verdier, Marie-Laure Navas, Mark Vellend, Cyrille Violle, Adeline Fayolle and Eric Garnier
This study highlights how the combination of abundance data with multiple plant traits capturing different functional dimensions may be critical to the detection of the complex functional responses of plant communities to environmental gradients. By contradicting and refining a number of widespread hypotheses from the literature, this study takes us further towards a general understanding of plant community assembly.