Soils as agents of selection: feedbacks between plants and soils alter seedling survival and performance

@article{Pregitzer2010SoilsAA,
  title={Soils as agents of selection: feedbacks between plants and soils alter seedling survival and performance},
  author={Clara C. Pregitzer and Joseph K. Bailey and Stephen C. Hart and Jennifer A. Schweitzer},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2010},
  volume={24},
  pages={1045-1059}
}
Soils are one of the first selective environments a seed experiences and yet little is known about the evolutionary consequences of plant-soil feedbacks. We have previously found that plant phytochemical traits in a model system, Populus spp., influence rates of leaf litter decay, soil microbial communities and rates of soil net nitrogen mineralization. Utilizing this natural variation in plant-soil linkages we examined two related hypotheses: (1) Populus angustifolia seedlings are locally… CONTINUE READING