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Type: Journal article
Title: Strategies to acquire and use phosphorus in phosphorus-impoverished and fire-prone environments
Author: Lambers, H.
Costa, P.D.B.
Cawthray, G.R.
Denton, M.D.
Finnegan, P.M.
Hayes, P.E.
Oliveira, R.S.
Power, S.C.
Ranathunge, K.
Shen, Q.
Wang, X.
Zhong, H.
Citation: Plant and Soil: international journal on plant-soil relationships, 2022
Publisher: SPRINGER
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 0032-079X
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Hans Lambers, Patrícia de Britto Costa, Gregory R. Cawthray, Matthew D. Denton, Patrick M. Finnegan, Patrick E. Hayes, Rafael S. Oliveira, Simon C. Power, Kosala Ranathunge, Qi Shen, Xiao Wang, Hongtao Zhong
Abstract: Background Unveiling the diversity of plant strategies to acquire and use phosphorus (P) is crucial to understand factors promoting their coexistence in hyperdiverse P-impoverished communities within fire-prone landscapes such as in cerrado (South America), fynbos (South Africa) and kwongan (Australia). Scope We explore the diversity of P-acquisition strategies, highlighting one that has received little attention: acquisition of P following fires that temporarily enrich soil with P. This strategy is expressed by fire ephemerals as well as fast-resprouting perennial shrubs. A plant’s leaf manganese concentration ([Mn]) provides significant clues on P-acquisition strategies. High leaf [Mn] indicates carboxylatereleasing P-acquisition strategies, but other exudates may play the same role as carboxylates in P acquisition. Intermediate leaf [Mn] suggests facilitation of P acquisition by P-mobilising neighbours, through release of carboxylates or functionally similar compounds. Very low leaf [Mn] indicates that carboxylates play no immediate role in P acquisition. Release of phosphatases also represents a P-mining strategy, mobilising organic P. Some species may express multiple strategies, depending on time since germination or since fire, or on position in the landscape. In severely P-impoverished landscapes, photosynthetic P-use efficiency converges among species. Efficient species exhibit rapid rates of photosynthesis at low leaf P concentrations. A high P-remobilisation efficiency from senescing organs is another way to use P efficiently, as is extended longevity of plant organs. Conclusions Many P-acquisition strategies coexist in P-impoverished landscapes, but P-use strategies tend to converge. Common strategies of which we know little are those expressed by ephemeral or perennial species that are the first to respond after a fire. We surmise that carboxylate-releasing P-mobilising strategies are far more widespread than envisaged so far, and likely expressed by species that accumulate metals, exemplified by Mn, metalloids, such as selenium, fluorine, in the form of fluoroacetate, or silicon. Some carboxylate-releasing strategies are likely important to consider when restoring sites in biodiverse regions as well as in cropping systems on P-impoverished or strongly P-sorbing soils, because some species may only be able to establish themselves next to neighbours that mobilise P.
Keywords: Carboxylates; Cluster roots; Dauciform roots; Facilitation; Fire; Hyperdiverse ecosystems; Mycorrhizas; Non-mycorrhizal plants; Phosphorus; Phosphorus-acquisition efficiency; Phosphorus-use efficiency; Sand-binding roots
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DOI: 10.1007/s11104-022-05464-8
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