Ellen L. Fry
University of Manchester
Publications 25
Plant traits-the morphological, anatomical, physiological, biochemical and phenological characteristics of plants-determine how plants respond to environmental factors, affect other trophic levels, and influence ecosystem properties and their benefits and detriments to people. Plant trait data thus represent the basis for a vast area of research spanning from evolutionary biology, community and functional ecology, to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem and landscape management, restoration, bio...
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#1G. F. (Ciska) VeenH-Index: 15
#2Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
Last.Jonathan R. De LongH-Index: 9
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Most studies focusing on plant-soil feedbacks (PSFs) have considered direct interactions between plants, abiotic conditions (e.g., soil nutrients) and rhizosphere communities (e.g., pathogens, mutualists). However, few studies have addressed the role of indirect interactions mediated by plant litter inputs. This has left a major gap in our understanding of PSFs in natural ecosystems, where plant litter is a key component of feedback effects. Here, we propose a framework that integrates rhizosphe...
#2Marina SemchenkoH-Index: 12
Last.Richard D. BardgettH-Index: 94
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#1Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
#2Marina Semchenko (University of Manchester)H-Index: 12
Last.Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 94
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Maternal effects (i.e. trans‐generational plasticity) and soil legacies generated by drought and plant diversity can affect plant performance and alter nutrient cycling and plant community dynamics. However, the relative importance and combined effects of these factors on plant growth dynamics remain poorly understood. We used soil and seeds from an existing plant diversity and drought manipulation field experiment in temperate grassland to test maternal, soil drought and diversity legacy effect...
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#1Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
#2Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
Last.Paul Kardol (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 28
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1.The study of feedbacks between plants and soils (plant‐soil feedbacks; PSFs) is receiving increased attention. However, PSFs have been mostly studied in isolation of abiotic and biotic drivers that could affect their strength and direction. This is problematic because it has led to limited predictive power of PSFs in ‘the real world’, leaving large knowledge gaps in our ability to predict how PSFs contribute to ecosystem processes and functions. 2.Here, we present a synthetic framework to eluc...
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#1Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
#2Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
Last.David W. Johnson (University of Manchester)H-Index: 114
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ELF is supported by the NERC Soil Security Programme (NE/P013708/1); JRD and BGJ by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) (Grants BB/I009000/2 and BB/I009183/1). DJ receives partial support from the N8 AgriFood programme. This work was supported by a BBSRC International Partnering award (BB/L026759/1) to EB, DJ, RB and PS.
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#1Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
#2Amy L. Evans (University of Manchester)H-Index: 1
Last.Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 94
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Aims Root characteristics are important for predicting plant and ecosystem responses to resource scarcity. Simple, categorical traits for roots could be broadly applied to ecosystem function and restoration experiments, but they need to be evaluated for their role and behaviour under various stresses, including water limitation. We hypothesised that more complex root architectures allow more plastic responses to limited water than do tap roots.
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#1Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
#2J. SavageH-Index: 7
Last.Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 94
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It is increasingly recognized that belowground responses to vegetation change are closely linked to plant functional traits. However, our understanding is limited concerning the relative importance of different plant traits for soil functions and of the mechanisms by which traits influence soil properties in the real world. Here we test the hypothesis that taller species, or those with complex rooting structures, are associated with high rates of nutrient and carbon (C) cycling in grassland. We ...
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#1Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo (CIRES: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences)H-Index: 28
#2Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 9
Last.Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 94
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#1Benjamin B. Phillips (University of Exeter)H-Index: 1
#2Rosalind F. Shaw (University of Exeter)H-Index: 5
Last.Juliet L. Osborne (University of Exeter)H-Index: 42
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We would like to thank Nigel Follett for use of the site, and Victoria Mallott, Rachel McDonald and Joanna Savage for assistance with fieldwork. BP would like to thank The Access & Achievement Foundation and the Haberdashers’ Educational Foundation for personal financial support. An earlier draft was greatly improved by comments from two anonymous reviewers. This study was part of the Wessex Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) project, funded under the BESS programme, and su...
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