Selective gopher disturbance influences plant species effects on nitrogen cycling

  title={Selective gopher disturbance influences plant species effects on nitrogen cycling},
  author={Valerie T. Eviner and F. Stuart III Chapin},
Plant species effects on ecosystem processes are mediated by traits such as litter quality and exudation. These same traits also influence the activity and distribution of animals that play key roles in regulating ecosystem dynamics. We planted monocultures of eight plant species commonly found in California grasslands to investigate the relative importance of plant species direct effects on nitrogen cycling, versus their indirect effects mediated by plant interactions with gophers. Plant… CONTINUE READING
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