Linking litter decomposition of above- and below-ground organs to plant–soil feedbacks worldwide (pages 943–952)
Grégoire T. Freschet, William K. Cornwell, David A. Wardle, Tatyana G. Elumeeva, Wendan Liu, Benjamin G. Jackson, Vladimir G. Onipchenko, Nadejda A. Soudzilovskaia, Jianping Tao and Johannes H.C. Cornelissen
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12092
In this study, using meta-analysis techniques and global literature data, we provide evidence for worldwide interspecific coordination in leaf-root-stem decomposability, and quantify the relative roles of litters from above- and below-ground plant organs in ecosystem labile organic matter dynamics. Based on these results, we propose a new conceptual framework relating plant traits to organic matter dynamics taking the whole-plant perspective.