Differential responses of plant functional trait to grazing between two contrasting dominant C3 and C4 species in a typical steppe of Inner Mongolia, China

@article{Zheng2010DifferentialRO,
  title={Differential responses of plant functional trait to grazing between two contrasting dominant C3 and C4 species in a typical steppe of Inner Mongolia, China},
  author={Shuxia Zheng and Zhichun Lan and Wenhuai Li and Ruixin Shao and Yumei Shan and Hongwei Wan and Friedhelm Taube and Yongfei Bai},
  journal={Plant and Soil},
  year={2010},
  volume={340},
  pages={141-155}
}
Plant functional traits have been widely used to study the linkage between environmental drivers, trade-offs among different functions within a plant, and ecosystem structure and functioning. Here, the whole-plant traits, leaf morphological and physiological traits of two dominant species, Leymus chinensis (C3 perennial rhizome grass) and Cleistogenes squarrosa (C4 perennial bunchgrass), were studied in the Inner Mongolia grassland of China, with a grazing experiment including five stocking… CONTINUE READING