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Elly Morriën and Wim H. van der Putten Soil microbial community structure of range-expanding plant species differs from co-occurring natives Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12117

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We conclude that the lack of legacy effects in range-expanding plant species compared to natives may be due to differences in bacterial rhizosphere community composition, or to different quantities of potential pathogenic fungi. If the range-expanding plant species were benefiting more from AMF, effects will not have been due to differences in community composition, but we cannot exclude other options, such as different effectiveness of AMF or other soil biota in the rhizosphere of range-expanding versus native plant species. The greater accumulation of bacterial and fungal pathogens in the rhizosphere of natives in relation to range expanders might explain the successful establishment of range-expanding plants.

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