Journal article

Plant evenness modulates the effect of plant richness on soil bacterial diversity

Yao-Qin Sun, Jiang Wang, Congcong Shen, Ji-Zheng He, Yuan Ge

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Understanding the relationships between aboveground and belowground biodiversity will help to expand our knowledge on how ecological communities and processes are interactively determined, and thus provide new perspectives for the conservation of biodiversity. Despite the theoretical analyses generally predicting a positive relationship between plant richness and soil microbial diversity, the results from empirical studies have been mixed, probably due to the effect of plant evenness. To investigate this relationship, we conducted field experiments in two geographically distinct sites (Linhai and Shenmu, >1400km apart), by simultaneously manipulating plant richness (2, 4, and 8 species) and ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Chinese Academy of Sciences


Awarded by State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology


Awarded by Taizhou University Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41671254, 41701273 and 31870504), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15020200, and Hundred Talents Program to Y. Ge), the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology (SKLURE2017-1-7), and Taizhou University Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists (2017JQ005).