A mutualistic endophyte alters the niche dimensions of its host plant

@article{Kazenel2015AME,
  title={A mutualistic endophyte alters the niche dimensions of its host plant},
  author={Melanie R Kazenel and Catherine L. Debban and Luciana B. Ranelli and Will Q Hendricks and Y. Anny Chung and Thomas H Pendergast and Nikki D Charlton and Carolyn A. Young and Jennifer A. Rudgers},
  journal={AoB Plants},
  year={2015},
  volume={7}
}
Few studies have tested whether mutualisms may affect species distributions by altering the niches of partner species. We show that a fungal endophyte is associated with a shift in the soil moisture niche of its host plant relative to a co-occurring, endophyte-free congener. The endophyte appeared to initially restrict its host's distribution to wetter microsites before positively affecting its growth, suggesting the value of considering symbiont effects at different partner life stages. Our… Expand
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