A simple analytical procedure to test for differences in beta diversity among sets of plots has been recently presented. Here, we describe an improved randomization procedure that replaces the one previously proposed. This procedure consists of shuffling within-group dissimilarities among groups and disregarding between-group dissimilarities. By repeating this operation many times, a distribution of the test statistics under the null hypothesis of no differences in the mean plot-to-plot dissimilarities within groups is obtained. This procedure ensures that the correct null model is selected. To describe this new procedure, we used plant and water beetle (Coleoptera) data collected from 45 permanent ponds. Beta diversity was compared between plant and water beetle (Coleoptera) assemblages.

Beta diversity reconsidered

BACARO, Giovanni;
2013

Abstract

A simple analytical procedure to test for differences in beta diversity among sets of plots has been recently presented. Here, we describe an improved randomization procedure that replaces the one previously proposed. This procedure consists of shuffling within-group dissimilarities among groups and disregarding between-group dissimilarities. By repeating this operation many times, a distribution of the test statistics under the null hypothesis of no differences in the mean plot-to-plot dissimilarities within groups is obtained. This procedure ensures that the correct null model is selected. To describe this new procedure, we used plant and water beetle (Coleoptera) data collected from 45 permanent ponds. Beta diversity was compared between plant and water beetle (Coleoptera) assemblages.
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