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Ecosystem Succession and Nutrient Retention: A Hypothesis
Peter M. Vitousek and William A. Reiners
Vol. 25, No. 6 (Jun., 1975), pp. 376-381
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1297148
Page Count: 6
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A hypothesis is presented for the regulation of elemental losses from terrestrial ecosystems. Losses of elements are controlled by the net increment of biomass growth and the elemental composition of this net increment. According to this hypothesis, loss rates are highest in early succession and in steady state ecosystems.
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