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Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services.

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Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services. / Grigulis, Karl; Lavorel, Sandra; Krainer, Ute; Legay, Nicolas; Baxendale, Catherine; Dumont, Maxime; Kastl, Eva; Arnoldi, Cindy; Bardgett, Richard D.; Poly, Franck; Pommier, Thomas; Schloter, Michael; Tappeiner, Ulrike; Bahn, Michael; Clément, Jean-Christophe.

In: Journal of Ecology, Vol. 101, No. 1, 01.2013, p. 47-57.

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Grigulis, K, Lavorel, S, Krainer, U, Legay, N, Baxendale, C, Dumont, M, Kastl, E, Arnoldi, C, Bardgett, RD, Poly, F, Pommier, T, Schloter, M, Tappeiner, U, Bahn, M & Clément, J-C 2013, 'Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services.', Journal of Ecology, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12014

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Grigulis, K., Lavorel, S., Krainer, U., Legay, N., Baxendale, C., Dumont, M., Kastl, E., Arnoldi, C., Bardgett, R. D., Poly, F., Pommier, T., Schloter, M., Tappeiner, U., Bahn, M., & Clément, J-C. (2013). Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services. Journal of Ecology, 101(1), 47-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12014

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Grigulis, Karl ; Lavorel, Sandra ; Krainer, Ute ; Legay, Nicolas ; Baxendale, Catherine ; Dumont, Maxime ; Kastl, Eva ; Arnoldi, Cindy ; Bardgett, Richard D. ; Poly, Franck ; Pommier, Thomas ; Schloter, Michael ; Tappeiner, Ulrike ; Bahn, Michael ; Clément, Jean-Christophe. / Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services. In: Journal of Ecology. 2013 ; Vol. 101, No. 1. pp. 47-57.

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title = "Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services.",
abstract = "SummaryPlant functional diversity and soil microbial community composition are tightly coupled. Changes in these interactions may influence ecosystem functioning. Links between plant functional diversity, soil microbial communities and ecosystem functioning have been demonstrated in experiments using plant monocultures and mixtures, using broad plant and microbial functional groups, but have not been examined in diverse natural plant communities.We quantified the relative effects of plant and microbial functional properties on key ecosystem functions. We measured plant functional diversity, soil microbial community composition and parameters associated with nitrogen (N) cycling and key nutrient cycling processes at three grassland sites in different parts of Europe. Because plant structure and function strongly influence soil microbial communities, we determined relationships between ecosystem properties, plant traits and soil community characteristics following a sequential approach in which plant traits were fitted first, followed by the additional effects of soil micro-organisms.We identified a continuum from standing green biomass and standing litter, linked mostly with plant traits, to potential N mineralization and potential leaching of soil inorganic N, linked mostly with microbial properties. Plant and microbial functional parameters were equally important in explaining % organic matter content in soil. A parallel continuum ran from plant height, linked with above-ground biomass, to plant quality effects captured by the leaf economics spectrum, which were linked with the recycling of carbon (C) and N.More exploitative species (higher specific leaf area, leaf N concentrations and lower leaf dry matter content) and taller swards, along with soil microbial communities dominated by bacteria, with rapid microbial activities, were linked with greater fodder production, but poor C and N retention. Conversely, dominance by conservative species (with opposite traits) and soil microbial communities dominated by fungi, and bacteria with slow activities, were usually linked with low production, but greater soil C storage and N retention.Synthesis – Grassland production, C sequestration and soil N retention are jointly related to plant and microbial functional traits. Managing grasslands for selected, or multiple, ecosystem services will thus require a consideration of the joint effects of plant and soil communities. Further understanding of the mechanisms that link plant and microbial functional traits is essential to achieve this.",
keywords = "denitrifying and nitrifying microbial communities, ecosystem service trade-offs, grassland management, long-term ecological research sites, microbial functioning, nitrogen cycling, plant economics spectrum, plant functional diversity, plant–soil (below-ground) interactions, plant–soil microbe interactions",
author = "Karl Grigulis and Sandra Lavorel and Ute Krainer and Nicolas Legay and Catherine Baxendale and Maxime Dumont and Eva Kastl and Cindy Arnoldi and Bardgett, {Richard D.} and Franck Poly and Thomas Pommier and Michael Schloter and Ulrike Tappeiner and Michael Bahn and Jean-Christophe Cl{\'e}ment",
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language = "English",
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pages = "47--57",
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T1 - Relative contributions of plant traits and soil microbial properties to mountain grassland ecosystem services.

AU - Grigulis, Karl

AU - Lavorel, Sandra

AU - Krainer, Ute

AU - Legay, Nicolas

AU - Baxendale, Catherine

AU - Dumont, Maxime

AU - Kastl, Eva

AU - Arnoldi, Cindy

AU - Bardgett, Richard D.

AU - Poly, Franck

AU - Pommier, Thomas

AU - Schloter, Michael

AU - Tappeiner, Ulrike

AU - Bahn, Michael

AU - Clément, Jean-Christophe

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N2 - SummaryPlant functional diversity and soil microbial community composition are tightly coupled. Changes in these interactions may influence ecosystem functioning. Links between plant functional diversity, soil microbial communities and ecosystem functioning have been demonstrated in experiments using plant monocultures and mixtures, using broad plant and microbial functional groups, but have not been examined in diverse natural plant communities.We quantified the relative effects of plant and microbial functional properties on key ecosystem functions. We measured plant functional diversity, soil microbial community composition and parameters associated with nitrogen (N) cycling and key nutrient cycling processes at three grassland sites in different parts of Europe. Because plant structure and function strongly influence soil microbial communities, we determined relationships between ecosystem properties, plant traits and soil community characteristics following a sequential approach in which plant traits were fitted first, followed by the additional effects of soil micro-organisms.We identified a continuum from standing green biomass and standing litter, linked mostly with plant traits, to potential N mineralization and potential leaching of soil inorganic N, linked mostly with microbial properties. Plant and microbial functional parameters were equally important in explaining % organic matter content in soil. A parallel continuum ran from plant height, linked with above-ground biomass, to plant quality effects captured by the leaf economics spectrum, which were linked with the recycling of carbon (C) and N.More exploitative species (higher specific leaf area, leaf N concentrations and lower leaf dry matter content) and taller swards, along with soil microbial communities dominated by bacteria, with rapid microbial activities, were linked with greater fodder production, but poor C and N retention. Conversely, dominance by conservative species (with opposite traits) and soil microbial communities dominated by fungi, and bacteria with slow activities, were usually linked with low production, but greater soil C storage and N retention.Synthesis – Grassland production, C sequestration and soil N retention are jointly related to plant and microbial functional traits. Managing grasslands for selected, or multiple, ecosystem services will thus require a consideration of the joint effects of plant and soil communities. Further understanding of the mechanisms that link plant and microbial functional traits is essential to achieve this.

AB - SummaryPlant functional diversity and soil microbial community composition are tightly coupled. Changes in these interactions may influence ecosystem functioning. Links between plant functional diversity, soil microbial communities and ecosystem functioning have been demonstrated in experiments using plant monocultures and mixtures, using broad plant and microbial functional groups, but have not been examined in diverse natural plant communities.We quantified the relative effects of plant and microbial functional properties on key ecosystem functions. We measured plant functional diversity, soil microbial community composition and parameters associated with nitrogen (N) cycling and key nutrient cycling processes at three grassland sites in different parts of Europe. Because plant structure and function strongly influence soil microbial communities, we determined relationships between ecosystem properties, plant traits and soil community characteristics following a sequential approach in which plant traits were fitted first, followed by the additional effects of soil micro-organisms.We identified a continuum from standing green biomass and standing litter, linked mostly with plant traits, to potential N mineralization and potential leaching of soil inorganic N, linked mostly with microbial properties. Plant and microbial functional parameters were equally important in explaining % organic matter content in soil. A parallel continuum ran from plant height, linked with above-ground biomass, to plant quality effects captured by the leaf economics spectrum, which were linked with the recycling of carbon (C) and N.More exploitative species (higher specific leaf area, leaf N concentrations and lower leaf dry matter content) and taller swards, along with soil microbial communities dominated by bacteria, with rapid microbial activities, were linked with greater fodder production, but poor C and N retention. Conversely, dominance by conservative species (with opposite traits) and soil microbial communities dominated by fungi, and bacteria with slow activities, were usually linked with low production, but greater soil C storage and N retention.Synthesis – Grassland production, C sequestration and soil N retention are jointly related to plant and microbial functional traits. Managing grasslands for selected, or multiple, ecosystem services will thus require a consideration of the joint effects of plant and soil communities. Further understanding of the mechanisms that link plant and microbial functional traits is essential to achieve this.

KW - denitrifying and nitrifying microbial communities

KW - ecosystem service trade-offs

KW - grassland management

KW - long-term ecological research sites

KW - microbial functioning

KW - nitrogen cycling

KW - plant economics spectrum

KW - plant functional diversity

KW - plant–soil (below-ground) interactions

KW - plant–soil microbe interactions

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DO - 10.1111/1365-2745.12014

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SP - 47

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JO - Journal of Ecology

JF - Journal of Ecology

SN - 0022-0477

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