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Recent research shows that the dominance of evergreen species in nutrient-poor environments
can be explained by their low nutrient loss rates. From this work It appears that
the plant traits that are associated with low nutrient loss rates lead to low maximum-dry-matter
production and to low rates of litter decomposition. This suggests a positive feedback
between the evergreen habit and low nutrient availability. The growth characteristics
of evergreens lead to a low responsiveness to environmental changes. As a result,
global warming may lead to changes in the distribution of evergreens.