Soil conditions and phylogenetic relatedness influence total community trait space during early plant succession

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dc.contributor.author Ulrich, Werner
dc.contributor.author Piwczyński, Marcin
dc.contributor.author Zaplata, Markus A.
dc.contributor.author Winter, Suzanne
dc.contributor.author Schaaf, Wolfgang
dc.contributor.author Anton, Fischer
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-27T10:42:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-27T10:42:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014-08
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Plant Ecology vol. 7(4), 2014, pp. 321-329
dc.identifier.issn 0176-1617
dc.identifier.other doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtt048
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/4318
dc.description This study is part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre 38 (SFB/TRR 38: ecosystem assembly and succession). The authors thank the working group Z1 (monitoring) members of the SFB/TRR 38 who helped us to perform this study and the Vattenfall Europe Mining A.G. for providing the research site.
dc.description.abstract Aims The total space of traits covered by the members of plant com- munities is an important parameter of ecosystem functioning and complexity. We trace the variability of trait space during early plant succession and ask how trait space co-varies with phylogenetic community structure and soil conditions. Particularly, we are inter - ested in the small-scale variability in trait space and the influence of biotic and abiotic filters. Methods We use data on species richness and soil conditions from the first 7 years of initial succession of an artificial catchment in north-east- ern Germany. Total functional attribute diversity serves as a proxy to total trait space. Important Findings Total trait space steadily increased during succession. We observed high small-scale variability in total trait space that was positively cor - related with species richness and phylogenetic segregation and nega- tively correlated with total plant cover. Trait space increased with soil carbonate content, while pH and the fraction of sandy material behaved indifferently. Our results indicate that during early succession, habitat filtering processes gain importance leading to a lesser increase in trait space than expected from the increase in species richness alone.
dc.description.sponsorship Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (Potsdam). Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education ( N 304 306740 to M.P.).
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject primary succession
dc.subject trait space
dc.subject phylogenetic signal
dc.subject habitat filtering
dc.subject species co-occurrence
dc.subject null model
dc.title Soil conditions and phylogenetic relatedness influence total community trait space during early plant succession
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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