Common Ecological Misconceptions

Succession


 

Misconception

Reference*

Succession involves separate stages leading ultimately to a deterministic climax. Gibson 1996, Lavoie 1997
Communities change little over time. D'Avanzo 2003
Without human intervention, old fields either remain largely barren or in a perpetual state of weedy growth. Brehm et al. 1986
Soil decreases in fertility over time. Brehm et al. 1986
Soil is fertile only if humans intervene. Brehm et al. 1986
As succession progresses, community is characterized by bigger plants and bigger animals. Brehm et al. 1986
The climax community is usually the final stage, long-lasting, and self-perpetuating. Gibson 1996

 


 

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