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Activated carbon decreases invasive plant growth by mediating plant–microbe interactions
AoB Plants (2015)
  • Nicole E Nolan
  • Andrew Kulmatiski
  • Karen H Beard, Utah State University
  • Jeanette M Norton
There is growing appreciation for the idea that plant–soil interactions (e.g. allelopathy and plant–microbe feedbacks) may explain the success of some non-native plants. Where this is the case, native plant restoration may require management tools that change plant–soil interactions. Activated carbon (AC) is one such potential tool. Previous research has shown the potential for high concentrations of AC to restore native plant growth to areas dominated by non-natives on a small scale (1 m × 1 m plots). Here we (i) test the efficacy of different AC concentrations at a larger scale (15 m × 15 m plots), (ii) measure microbial responses to AC treatment and (iii) use a greenhouse experiment to identify the primary mechanism, allelopathy versus microbial changes, through which AC impacts native and non-native plant growth...
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doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plu072
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Nicole E Nolan, Andrew Kulmatiski, Karen H Beard and Jeanette M Norton. "Activated carbon decreases invasive plant growth by mediating plant–microbe interactions" AoB Plants Vol. 7 (2015)
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