An experimental test of the hypothesis of non-homeostatic consumer stoichiometry in a plant litter-microbe system.


Stoichiometric homeostasis of heterotrophs is a common, but not always well-examined premise in ecological stoichiometry. We experimentally evaluated the relationship between substrate (plant litter) and consumer (microorganisms) stoichiometry for a tropical terrestrial decomposer system. Variation in microbial C : P and N : P ratios tracked that of the… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/ele.12108