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Xin Leng, Jun Cui, Shiting Zhang, Wenguang Zhang, Yuhong Liu, Shirong Liu and Shuqing An Differential water uptake among plant species in humid alpine meadows Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 27 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01439.x

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This paper revealed inter-specific differentiation in plant water use in the humid alpine meadows of western China. Analysis of stable isotopic signal of plants and soils indicated that alpine plants absorbed water from different soil depths and responded differentially to rain pulses. This finding may have important implications for species coexistence and the high plant diversity of alpine meadows.

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