Feedback with soil biota contributes to plant rarity and invasiveness in communities

@article{Klironomos2002FeedbackWS,
  title={Feedback with soil biota contributes to plant rarity and invasiveness in communities},
  author={John Klironomos},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={417},
  pages={67-70}
}
Understanding the relative abundance of species in plant communities is an unsolved problem. Mechanisms such as competition, resource partitioning, dispersal ability and predation tolerance do not adequately explain relative abundance under field conditions. Recent work suggests that interactions between plants and soil microbes is important. Here I show that such interaction explains a significant proportion of the variance in the relative abundance of species in plant communities. Rare plants… 

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