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Plasticity in response to phosphorus and light availability in four forest herbs

Lander Baeten UGent, Margot Vanhellemont UGent, Pieter De Frenne UGent, An De Schrijver UGent, Martin Hermy UGent and Kris Verheyen UGent (2010) OECOLOGIA. 163(4). p.1021-1032
abstract
The differential ability of forest herbs to colonize secondary forests on former agricultural land is generally attributed to different rates of dispersal. After propagule arrival, however, establishing individuals still have to cope with abiotic soil legacies from former agricultural land use. We focused on the plastic responses of forest herbs to increased phosphorus availability, as phosphorus is commonly found to be persistently bioavailable in post-agricultural forest soils. In a pot experiment performed under field conditions, we applied three P levels to four forest herbs with contrasting colonization capacities: Anemone nemorosa, Primula elatior, Circaea lutetiana and Geum urbanum. To test interactions with light availability, half of the replicas were covered with shade cloths. After two growing seasons, we measured aboveground P uptake as well as vegetative and regenerative performance. We hypothesized that fast-colonizing species respond the most opportunistically to increased P availability, and that a low light availability can mask the effects of P on performance. All species showed a significant increase in P uptake in the aboveground biomass. The addition of P had a positive effect on the vegetative performances of two of the species, although this was unrelated to their colonization capacities. The regenerative performance was affected by light availability (not by P addition) and was related to the species' phenology. Forest herbs can obviously benefit from the increased availability of P in post-agricultural forests, but not all species respond in the same way. Such differential patterns of plasticity may be important in community dynamics, as they affect the interactions among species.
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Plant performance, Secondary succession, LAND-USE HISTORY, GROWTH, COLONIZATION, Post-agricultural forest, Pot experiment, Bioavailability of P, CONTRASTING ECOLOGICAL BREADTH, PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY, PLANT PERFORMANCE, MUIZEN FOREST, LIFE-HISTORY, POPULATION, LIMITATION
journal title
OECOLOGIA
Oecologia
volume
163
issue
4
pages
1021 - 1032
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000280083300019
JCR category
ECOLOGY
JCR impact factor
3.517 (2010)
JCR rank
30/129 (2010)
JCR quartile
1 (2010)
ISSN
0029-8549
DOI
10.1007/s00442-010-1599-z
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1030008
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1030008
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2010-08-30 14:10:07
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  abstract     = {The differential ability of forest herbs to colonize secondary forests on former agricultural land is generally attributed to different rates of dispersal. After propagule arrival, however, establishing individuals still have to cope with abiotic soil legacies from former agricultural land use. We focused on the plastic responses of forest herbs to increased phosphorus availability, as phosphorus is commonly found to be persistently bioavailable in post-agricultural forest soils. In a pot experiment performed under field conditions, we applied three P levels to four forest herbs with contrasting colonization capacities: Anemone nemorosa, Primula elatior, Circaea lutetiana and Geum urbanum. To test interactions with light availability, half of the replicas were covered with shade cloths. After two growing seasons, we measured aboveground P uptake as well as vegetative and regenerative performance. We hypothesized that fast-colonizing species respond the most opportunistically to increased P availability, and that a low light availability can mask the effects of P on performance. All species showed a significant increase in P uptake in the aboveground biomass. The addition of P had a positive effect on the vegetative performances of two of the species, although this was unrelated to their colonization capacities. The regenerative performance was affected by light availability (not by P addition) and was related to the species' phenology. Forest herbs can obviously benefit from the increased availability of P in post-agricultural forests, but not all species respond in the same way. Such differential patterns of plasticity may be important in community dynamics, as they affect the interactions among species.},
  author       = {Baeten, Lander and Vanhellemont, Margot and De Frenne, Pieter and De Schrijver, An and Hermy, Martin and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {0029-8549},
  journal      = {OECOLOGIA},
  keyword      = {Plant performance,Secondary succession,LAND-USE HISTORY,GROWTH,COLONIZATION,Post-agricultural forest,Pot experiment,Bioavailability of P,CONTRASTING ECOLOGICAL BREADTH,PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY,PLANT PERFORMANCE,MUIZEN FOREST,LIFE-HISTORY,POPULATION,LIMITATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {1021--1032},
  title        = {Plasticity in response to phosphorus and light availability in four forest herbs},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00442-010-1599-z},
  volume       = {163},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Baeten, Lander, Margot Vanhellemont, Pieter De Frenne, An De Schrijver, Martin Hermy, and Kris Verheyen. 2010. “Plasticity in Response to Phosphorus and Light Availability in Four Forest Herbs.” Oecologia 163 (4): 1021–1032.
APA
Baeten, L., Vanhellemont, M., De Frenne, P., De Schrijver, A., Hermy, M., & Verheyen, K. (2010). Plasticity in response to phosphorus and light availability in four forest herbs. OECOLOGIA, 163(4), 1021–1032.
Vancouver
1.
Baeten L, Vanhellemont M, De Frenne P, De Schrijver A, Hermy M, Verheyen K. Plasticity in response to phosphorus and light availability in four forest herbs. OECOLOGIA. 2010;163(4):1021–32.
MLA
Baeten, Lander, Margot Vanhellemont, Pieter De Frenne, et al. “Plasticity in Response to Phosphorus and Light Availability in Four Forest Herbs.” OECOLOGIA 163.4 (2010): 1021–1032. Print.