Extreme weather events and plant–plant interactions: shifts between competition and facilitation among grassland species in the face of drought and heavy rainfall

@article{Grant2014ExtremeWE,
  title={Extreme weather events and plant–plant interactions: shifts between competition and facilitation among grassland species in the face of drought and heavy rainfall},
  author={Kerstin Grant and Juergen Kreyling and Hermann Heilmeier and Carl Beierkuhnlein and Anke Jentsch},
  journal={Ecological Research},
  year={2014},
  volume={29},
  pages={991-1001}
}
Biotic interactions play an important role in ecosystem function and structure in the face of global climate change. We tested how plant–plant interactions, namely competition and facilitation among grassland species, respond to extreme drought and heavy rainfall events. We also examined how the functional composition (grasses, forbs, legumes) of grassland communities influenced the competition intensity for grass species when facing extreme events. We exposed experimental grassland communities… CONTINUE READING
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