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Foliar N concentration and d15N signature reflect the herb layer species diversity and composition in oak-dominated forests



Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Applied Vegetation Science
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Ecology
Keywords Soil nutrients;Species composition;Species richness
Description The herb layer species diversity and composition was significantly related to N availability at our study sites. Foliar N concentration and the d15N signature may reliably indicate: (i) the current N status of oak-dominated forests, in accordance with previous published findings; and (ii) the consequences of that N status for the herb layer species diversity and composition. Foliar d15N may also be used to detect the susceptibility of an ecosystem to the spread of a few species with high colonization ability in the herb layer, at the expense of other forest species.

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