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Type: Journal article
Title: Rooting theories of plant community ecology in microbial interactions
Author: Bever, J.
Dickie, I.
Facelli, E.
Facelli, J.
Klironomos, J.
Moora, M.
Rillig, M.
Stock, W.
Tibbett, M.
Zobel, M.
Citation: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2010; 25(8):468-478
Publisher: Elsevier Science London
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0169-5347
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James D. Bever, Ian A. Dickie, Evelina Facelli, Jose M. Facelli, John Klironomos, Mari Moora, Matthias C. Rillig, William D. Stock, Mark Tibbett and Martin Zobel
Abstract: Predominant frameworks for understanding plant ecology have an aboveground bias that neglects soil micro-organisms. This is inconsistent with recent work illustrating the importance of soil microbes in terrestrial ecology. Microbial effects have been incorporated into plant community dynamics using ideas of niche modification and plant–soil community feedbacks. Here, we expand and integrate qualitative conceptual models of plant niche and feedback to explore implications of microbial interactions for understanding plant community ecology. At the same time we review the empirical evidence for these processes. We also consider common mycorrhizal networks, and propose that these are best interpreted within the feedback framework. Finally, we apply our integrated model of niche and feedback to understanding plant coexistence, monodominance and invasion ecology.
Keywords: Plants
Soil Microbiology
Models, Biological
Feedback, Physiological
Rights: Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2010.05.004
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