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Alejandro Loydi, R. Lutz Eckstein, Annette Otte and Tobias W. Donath Effects of litter on seedling establishment in natural and semi-natural grasslands: a meta-analysis Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12033

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Climate and land use change may promote litter accumulation in grassland systems. Our meta-analysis shows that under dry conditions or with intermediate litter amounts, seedling establishment may be enhanced. However, since the magnitude and direction of litter effects on recruitment interact with environment, litter amount and species traits, increased litter accumulation may strongly change the composition and diversity of grasslands.

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