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Carlos I. Espinosa, Arantzazu L. Luzuriaga, Marcelino de la Cruz, Marianne Montero and Adrián Escudero Co-occurring grazing and climate stressors have different effects on the total seed bank when compared to the persistent seed bank Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 31 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12043

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We wish to improve our understanding on the effect of plant patch on soil seed bank properties and, more specifically, how these seed reservoirs (seed bank patches) are affected by biotic (i.e. herbivory) and abiotic (i.e. climate) stressors and how they interact with the standing vegetation. Our results showed that although climate is the primary factor determining soil seed bank properties, its effect was profoundly modulated by grazing, as suggested by the existence of an important interaction between both stressors. Not only seed abundance and richness but also the relative dominance of total and persistent seed banks was affected by both environmental stressors.

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