Journal article

Nutrient uptake and use efficiency in co-occurring plants along a disturbance and nutrient availability gradient in the boreal forests of the southwest Yukon, Canada

Craig R Nitschke, Patrick O Waeber, Jan W Klaassen, Julia Dordel, John L Innes, Cristina Aponte

Journal of Vegetation Science | Wiley | Published : 2017

Abstract

Aim In boreal forest ecosystems plant productivity is typically constrained by mineral nutrient availability. In some boreal regions changes in nutrient availability have led to limited changes in productivity but large changes in plant composition. To determine the impact that a change in nutrient availability has on the plant communities it is important to understand how species use nutrients. Here we explore how plant species and functional types in a cold‐dry boreal forest community use available nutrients by quantifying their respective nutrient utilization and response efficiency. Location Boreal forests in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory, Canada. Methods We collected soi..

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Grants

Awarded by National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC grant


Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Yukon, Canada, for allowing us to work within their traditional territory: 'Shaw Ni Thaw'. Specifically we would like to thank Roger Brown (Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, Yukon, Canada) and Aynslie Ogden (Forest Management Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon, Canada) for their support. We would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their excellent critique of this work, which has improved this manuscript significantly. This work was financially supported by Forest Management Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon, and through a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC grant (235773).