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Stoichiometry patterns of plant organ N and P in coastal herbaceous wetlands along the East China Sea : implications for biogeochemical niche
Hu, Minjie (Fujian Normal University. School of Geographical Sciences)
Peñuelas, Josep (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals)
Sardans i Galobart, Jordi (Centre de Recerca Ecològica i d'Aplicacions Forestals)
Zhigao Sun (Fujian Normal University. School of Geographical Sciences)
Wilson, Benjamin J. (Florida International University. Department of Biological Sciences)
Huang, Jiafang (Fujian Normal University. School of Geographical Sciences)
Zhu, Qiuli (Fujian Normal University. School of Geographical Sciences)
Tong, Chuan (Fujian Normal University. School of Geographical Sciences)

Data: 2018
Resum: Background and aims: Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are essential nutrients for plant growth, and their availability and stoichiometry play pivotal roles in trophic dynamics and community composition. The biogeochemical niche (BN) hypothesis claims that each species should have an optimal elemental composition and stoichiometry as a consequence of its optimal function in its specific ecological niche. Little attention, however, has been given to N and P stoichiometric patterns and test the BN hypothesis in coastal wetland communities from the perspective of organ and species-specific comparisons. Methods: We investigated factors responsible for changes in N and P stoichiometry patterns in different functional groups in coastal wetlands and tested the BN hypothesis by evaluating N and P composition in whole aboveground plants and organs. Results: Both plant N and P concentrations were high in coastal wetlands, indicating that N and P were not likely limiting, although the N:P ratio was slightly lower than the ratio reported in global and Chinese terrestrial flora. N and P concentrations and N:P ratios varied strongly between C₃ and C₄ species, among species, and among organs within species. N and P concentrations were not correlated with latitude, mean annual temperature and precipitation, although N:P ratio was weakly correlated with these factors. The differences in N and P concentrations and N:P ratios along the wetland gradients were mainly because of the species-specific community composition of each site. Conclusions: The results are consistent with the BN hypothesis. First, N and P composition is species-specific (homeostatic component of BN), each species tends to maintain its own composition even growing in different sites with different species composition. Second, different species, despite maintaining their own composition, have distinct degree of composition phenotypic flexibility (flexibility component of BN); this different size of "biogeochemical space" was observed when comparing different species living in the same community and the shifts in species BN space and size was observed when comparing populations of the same species living in different sites.
Ajuts: European Commission 610028
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad CGL2016-79835-P
Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca 2017/SGR-1005
Drets: Tots els drets reservats
Llengua: Anglès
Document: Article ; recerca ; Versió acceptada per publicar
Matèria: Ecological stoichiometry ; Biogeochemical niche ; Coastal wetlands ; Eastern China
Publicat a: Plant and soil, Vol. 431, issue 1/2 (Oct. 2018) , p. 273-288, ISSN 0032-079X

DOI: 10.1007/s11104-018-3759-6

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