Different interannual reponses to availability and form of nitrogen explain species coexistence in an alpine meadow community after release from grazing.

M.H. Song, F.H. Yu, O.Y. Hua, G.M. Cao, X.L. Xu, J.H.C. Cornelissen

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Abstract

Plant species and functional groups in nitrogen (N) limited communities may coexist through strong eco-physiological niche differentiation, leading to idiosyncratic responses to multiple nutrition and disturbance regimes. Very little is known about how such responses depend on the availability of N in different chemical forms. Here we hypothesize that idiosyncratic year-to-year responses of plant functional groups to availability and form of nitrogen explain species coexistence in an alpine meadow community after release from grazing. We conducted a 6 year N addition experiment in an alpine meadow on the Tibetan Plateau released from grazing by livestock. The experimental design featured three N forms (ammonium, nitrate, and ammonium nitrate), crossed with three levels of N supply rates (0.375, 1.500 and 7.500 g N m
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3100-3111
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Volume18
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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