Welcome to the Comita Lab!
We previously found that locally rare species suffer stronger conspecific density-dependent seedling mortality compared to more common species in the Barro Colorado Island (Panama) forest (Comita et al. 2010, Science). Thanks to a collaborative grant from NSF, we may now know why! Check our our new results that link data on diversity of pathogen resistance genes, plant-soil feedbacks, and negative density dependence of tropical tree species. Full text is available here.