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Benjamin G. Jackson, Duane A. Peltzer and David A. Wardle The within-species leaf economic spectrum does not predict leaf litter decomposability at either the within-species or whole community levels Journal of Ecology 101

Article first published online: 7 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12155

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Our findings support the view that within species variation (WSV) of plant functional traits is an important component of plant community responses to environmental factors such as soil fertility. However, the apparent decoupling of WSV of leaf economic traits from WSV of litter decomposability suggests that consideration of WSV may not be necessary to understand the contributions of trait variation to determining the breakdown of plant litter and therefore, potentially, ecosystem processes.

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