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Johan Asplund, Aron Sandling, Paul Kardol and David A. Wardle The influence of tree-scale and ecosystem-scale factors on epiphytic lichen communities across a long-term retrogressive chronosequence Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 27 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12149

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We tested how ecosystem retrogression affects lichen communities on trunks of birch. We show that over a long timescale encompassing soil aging and declining soil fertility the lichen flora can be negatively affected. However, these effects are heavily mediated by tree-scale factors. These changes in the lichen community may be of potential importance for ecosystem processes driven by lichen communities.

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