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Plant community composition affects the species biogeochemical niche
Urbina Barreto, Ifigenia (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)
Sardans i Galobart, Jordi (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)
Grau Fernández, Oriol (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)
Beierkuhnlein, Carl (Universität Bayreuth. Department of Biogeography)
Jentsch, Anke (Universität Bayreuth. Disturbance Ecology and Vegetation Dynamics)
Kreyling, Juergen (Universität Greifswald. Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie)
Peñuelas, Josep (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals)

Date: 2017
Abstract: Nutrients are essential for plant development, and their availability and stoichiometric ratios can influence the composition of plant communities. We investigated the possibility of the reverse influence: whether the conditions of contrasting species coexistence determine foliar element concentrations and plant stoichiometry, that is, species biogeochemical niche (BN). The experiment was conducted at the Ecological-Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. We analyzed foliar element concentrations of two dwarf shrubs (Calluna vulgaris and Vaccinium myrtillus) and two grasses (Holcus lanatus and Arrhenatherum elatius) growing in different community compositions (monocultures and various mixed stands). Foliar nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry (taken as a proxy of species BN) were species specific; each species showed its own BN in all communities. Furthermore, V. myrtillus and H. lanatus species shifted their BN in response to changes in their community, accomplishing the “biogeochemical niche displacement” hypothesis. We conclude that plants can readjust their foliar element concentration if they grow in communities with contrasting plant composition, suggesting a differential use of element resources when the patterns of species coexistence change. These results also support the complementary niche hypothesis.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/FP7/610028
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/CGL2013-48074-P
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció AGAUR/2014/SGR-274
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Published in: Ecosphere, Vol. 8, Issue 5 (May 2017) , e01801, ISSN 2150-8925

DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1801


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