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Plant functional trait response to environmental drivers across European temperate forest understorey communities

(2020) PLANT BIOLOGY. 22(3). p.410-424
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Functional traits respond to environmental drivers, hence evaluating trait-environment relationships across spatial environmental gradients can help to understand how multiple drivers influence plant communities. Global-change drivers such as changes in atmospheric nitrogen deposition occur worldwide, but affect community trait distributions at the local scale, where resources (e.g. light availability) and conditions (e.g. soil pH) also influence plant communities. We investigate how multiple environmental drivers affect community trait responses related to resource acquisition (plant height, specific leaf area (SLA), woodiness, and mycorrhizal status) and regeneration (seed mass, lateral spread) of European temperate deciduous forest understoreys. We sampled understorey communities and derived trait responses across spatial gradients of global-change drivers (temperature, precipitation, nitrogen deposition, and past land use), while integrating in-situ plot measurements on resources and conditions (soil type, Olsen phosphorus (P), Ellenberg soil moisture, light, litter mass, and litter quality). Among the global-change drivers, mean annual temperature strongly influenced traits related to resource acquisition. Higher temperatures were associated with taller understoreys producing leaves with lower SLA, and a higher proportional cover of woody and obligate mycorrhizal (OM) species. Communities in plots with higher Ellenberg soil moisture content had smaller seeds and lower proportional cover of woody and OM species. Finally, plots with thicker litter layers hosted taller understoreys with larger seeds and a higher proportional cover of OM species. Our findings suggest potential community shifts in temperate forest understoreys with global warming, and highlight the importance of local resources and conditions as well as global-change drivers for community trait variation.
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Plant Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, General Medicine, Global environmental change, ground vegetation, herbaceous layer, plant-soil relations, resource acquisition, regeneration, ELLENBERG INDICATOR VALUES, LIFE-HISTORY TRAITS, LAND-USE, NITROGEN DEPOSITION, GLOBAL CHANGE, SEED MASS, INTRASPECIFIC VARIABILITY, MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES, SPECIES RICHNESS, LIGHT CONDITIONS

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Maes, Sybryn, et al. “Plant Functional Trait Response to Environmental Drivers across European Temperate Forest Understorey Communities.” PLANT BIOLOGY, vol. 22, no. 3, 2020, pp. 410–24, doi:10.1111/plb.13082.
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Maes, S., Perring, M., Depauw, L., Bernhardt‐Römermann, M., Blondeel, H., Brūmelis, G., … Verheyen, K. (2020). Plant functional trait response to environmental drivers across European temperate forest understorey communities. PLANT BIOLOGY, 22(3), 410–424. https://doi.org/10.1111/plb.13082
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Maes, Sybryn, Michael Perring, Leen Depauw, M. Bernhardt‐Römermann, Haben Blondeel, G. Brūmelis, J. Brunet, et al. 2020. “Plant Functional Trait Response to Environmental Drivers across European Temperate Forest Understorey Communities.” PLANT BIOLOGY 22 (3): 410–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/plb.13082.
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Maes, Sybryn, Michael Perring, Leen Depauw, M. Bernhardt‐Römermann, Haben Blondeel, G. Brūmelis, J. Brunet, G. Decocq, J. den Ouden, Sanne Govaert, W. Härdtle, R. Hédl, T. Heinken, S. Heinrichs, Lionel Hertzog, B. Jaroszewicz, K. Kirby, M. Kopecký, Dries Landuyt, F. Máliš, Thomas Vanneste, M. Wulf, and Kris Verheyen. 2020. “Plant Functional Trait Response to Environmental Drivers across European Temperate Forest Understorey Communities.” PLANT BIOLOGY 22 (3): 410–424. doi:10.1111/plb.13082.
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Maes S, Perring M, Depauw L, Bernhardt‐Römermann M, Blondeel H, Brūmelis G, et al. Plant functional trait response to environmental drivers across European temperate forest understorey communities. PLANT BIOLOGY. 2020;22(3):410–24.
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S. Maes et al., “Plant functional trait response to environmental drivers across European temperate forest understorey communities,” PLANT BIOLOGY, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 410–424, 2020.
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  author       = {{Maes, Sybryn and Perring, Michael and Depauw, Leen and Bernhardt‐Römermann, M. and Blondeel, Haben and Brūmelis, G. and Brunet, J. and Decocq, G. and den Ouden, J. and Govaert, Sanne and Härdtle, W. and Hédl, R. and Heinken, T. and Heinrichs, S. and Hertzog, Lionel and Jaroszewicz, B. and Kirby, K. and Kopecký, M. and Landuyt, Dries and Máliš, F. and Vanneste, Thomas and Wulf, M. and Verheyen, Kris}},
  issn         = {{1435-8603}},
  journal      = {{PLANT BIOLOGY}},
  keywords     = {{Plant Science,Ecology,Evolution,Behavior and Systematics,General Medicine,Global environmental change,ground vegetation,herbaceous layer,plant-soil relations,resource acquisition,regeneration,ELLENBERG INDICATOR VALUES,LIFE-HISTORY TRAITS,LAND-USE,NITROGEN DEPOSITION,GLOBAL CHANGE,SEED MASS,INTRASPECIFIC VARIABILITY,MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES,SPECIES RICHNESS,LIGHT CONDITIONS}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{410--424}},
  title        = {{Plant functional trait response to environmental drivers across European temperate forest understorey communities}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/plb.13082}},
  volume       = {{22}},
  year         = {{2020}},
}

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