Oscar J. Valverde-Barrantes, Kurt A. Smemo, Larry M. Feinstein, Mark W. Kershner and Christopher B. Blackwood The distribution of below-ground traits is explained by intrinsic species differences and intraspecific plasticity in response to root neighbours Journal of Ecology 101
In a mixed-species forest, we found that intrinsic differences among species were more important than soil factors in explaining the distribution of root traits. Additionally, root trait variation at the species level was influenced by the presence of other species within cores. Community-aggregated variation was more influenced by the combination of species present than soil properties in each sample.
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