Project: Impact of (hemi)-parasitic plants on plant community dynamics by direct changes in vegetation structure and indirect biogeochemical N feedback
- project duration
- 01-JAN-07 – 31-DEC-10
- Parasitic plants affect the population dynamics, community structure and plant species diversity through direct impacts on host growth and indirectly through the redistribution of nitrogen in the ecosystem (through their nitrogen rich litter). The relative importance of this indirect effect would increase in more nitrogen limited ecosystems. This will be studied in ecosystems which vary in the level of intrinsic nitrogen availability.