Biodiversity at the plant–soil interface: microbial abundance and community structure respond to litter mixing

  title={Biodiversity at the plant–soil interface: microbial abundance and community structure respond to litter mixing},
  author={Samantha K. Chapman and Gregory S. Newman},
The interactive effects of diversity in plants and microbial communities at the litter interface are not well understood. Mixtures of plant litter from different species often decompose differently than when individual species decompose alone. Previously, we found that litter mixtures of multiple conifers decomposed more rapidly than expected, but litter mixtures that included conifer and aspen litter did not. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these diversity effects may help explain… CONTINUE READING

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