Jonathan R. De Long
University of Manchester
EcosystemAbiotic componentEcologyPlant communityBiology
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#1Robin Heinen (LEI: Leiden University)H-Index: 6
#2S. Emilia HannulaH-Index: 6
Last. T. Martijn Bezemer (LEI: Leiden University)H-Index: 41
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Soil legacy effects are commonly highlighted as drivers of plant community dynamics and species co-existence. However, experimental evidence for soil legacy effects of conditioning plant communities on responding plant communities under natural conditions is lacking. We conditioned 192 grassland plots using six different plant communities with different ratios of grasses and forbs and for different durations. Soil microbial legacies were evident for soil fungi, but not for soil bacteria, while s...
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#1Jens Kattge (German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research)H-Index: 53
#2Gerhard Bönisch (MPG: Max Planck Society)H-Index: 27
Last. Christian Wirth (STRI: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)H-Index: 2
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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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#1S. Emilia HannulaH-Index: 6
#2Anna M. KielakH-Index: 2
Last. T. Martijn Bezemer (LEI: Leiden University)H-Index: 41
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ABSTRACT Microorganisms are found everywhere and have critical roles in most ecosystems, but compared to plants and animals, little is known about their temporal dynamics. Here, we investigated the temporal stability of bacterial and fungal communities in the soil and how their temporal variation varies between grasses and forb species. We established 30 outdoor mesocosms consisting of six plant monocultures and followed microbial communities for an entire year in these soils. We demonstrate tha...
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#1Jonathan R. De LongH-Index: 11
#2Robin Heinen (LEI: Leiden University)H-Index: 6
Last. T. Martijn Bezemer (LEI: Leiden University)H-Index: 41
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Abstract Plant–soil feedbacks (PSFs) involve changes to the soil wrought by plants, which change biotic and abiotic properties of the soil, affecting plants that grow in the soil at a later time. The importance of PSFs for understanding ecosystem functioning has been the focus of much recent research, for example, in predicting the consequences for agricultural production, biodiversity conservation, and plant population dynamics. Here, we describe an experiment designed to test PSFs left by plan...
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#1Jonathan R. De LongH-Index: 11
#2Marina SemchenkoH-Index: 15
Last. Richard D. BardgettH-Index: 97
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#1Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 11
#2Marina Semchenko (University of Manchester)H-Index: 15
Last. Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 97
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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: 11
#2Benjamin G. Jackson (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 12
Last. Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 97
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The use of plant traits to predict ecosystem functions has been gaining growing attention. Above-ground plant traits, such as leaf nitrogen (N) content and specific leaf area (SLA), have been shown to strongly relate to ecosystem productivity, respiration and nutrient cycling. Furthermore, increasing plant functional trait diversity has been suggested as a possible mechanism to increase ecosystem carbon (C) storage. However, it is uncertain whether below-ground plant traits can be predicted by a...
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#1Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 12
#2Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 11
Last. David W. Johnson (University of Manchester)H-Index: 124
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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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#1Jonathan R. De Long (University of Manchester)H-Index: 11
#2Ellen L. Fry (University of Manchester)H-Index: 12
Last. Paul Kardol (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 30
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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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#1Marina Semchenko (University of Manchester)H-Index: 15
#2Jonathan W. Leff (CIRES: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences)H-Index: 33
Last. Richard D. Bardgett (University of Manchester)H-Index: 97
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Feedbacks between plants and soil microbial communities play an important role in vegetation dynamics, but the underlying mechanisms remain unresolved. Here, we show that the diversity of putative pathogenic, mycorrhizal, and saprotrophic fungi is a primary regulator of plant-soil feedbacks across a broad range of temperate grassland plant species. We show that plant species with resource-acquisitive traits, such as high shoot nitrogen concentrations and thin roots, attract diverse communities o...
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