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Microbial-Mediated Feedbacks of Leaf Litter on Invasive Plant Growth and Interspecific Competition
Plant and Soil (2012)
  • Kenneth J. Elgersma, University of Northern Iowa
  • Shen Yu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Torsten Vor, University of Göttingen
  • Joan G. Ehrenfeld, Rutgers University
Abstract
Feedbacks between plants and soil microbes can play an important role in competition between potential invaders and the resident community. However, the role of saprophytic soil microbes is poorly understood because research largely focuses on the role of specific soil-borne pathogens. Our aim was to examine the role of plant-saprophyte feedbacks in soil processes (decomposition and enzyme activities) and plant competition.
Keywords
  • Plant-soil feedback Soil microbial communities Berberis thunbergii Microstegium vimineum Phospholipid fatty acids Extracellular enzymes Litter decomposition
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Publication Date
July, 2012
Citation Information
Kenneth J. Elgersma, Shen Yu, Torsten Vor and Joan G. Ehrenfeld. "Microbial-Mediated Feedbacks of Leaf Litter on Invasive Plant Growth and Interspecific Competition" Plant and Soil Vol. 356 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 341 - 355
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth_elgersma/3/