Impacts of C4 grass introductions on soil carbon and nitrogen cycling in C3-dominated successional systems

@article{Mahaney2008ImpactsOC,
  title={Impacts of C4 grass introductions on soil carbon and nitrogen cycling in C3-dominated successional systems},
  author={Wendy M. Mahaney and Kurt A. Smemo and Katherine L. Gross},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2008},
  volume={157},
  pages={295-305}
}
While recent research has focused on the effects of exotic plant species on ecosystem properties, less is known about how restoring individual native plant species, differing in biomass and tissue chemistry, may impact ecosystems. We examined how three native C4 prairie grasses affected soil C and N cycling 11 years after reintroduction into successional old-field communities dominated by non-native C3 grasses. The species examined in this study differ in traits that are expected to influence… CONTINUE READING
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