The hare, the tortoise and the crocodile: the ecology of angiosperm dominance, conifer persistence and fern filtering

Angiosperm trees often dominate forests growing in resource-rich habitats, whereas conifers are generally restricted to less productive habitats. We investigate whether competition with ferns and deeply shading trees also contributes to a failure of conifers to regenerate in resource-rich habitats.
Coomes, D.A. et al.