Predicting individual plant performance in grasslands

  title={Predicting individual plant performance in grasslands},
  author={Katharina Herz and Sophie Dietz and Sylvia Haider and Ute Jandt and Dierk Scheel and Helge Bruelheide},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
Plant functional traits are widely used to predict community productivity. However, they are rarely used to predict individual plant performance in grasslands. To assess the relative importance of traits compared to environment, we planted seedlings of 20 common grassland species as phytometers into existing grassland communities varying in land-use intensity. After 1 year, we dug out the plants and assessed root, leaf, and aboveground biomass, to measure plant performance. Furthermore, we… CONTINUE READING