What will happen to early vegetation growth at different stages as plant litter increases?

Xiaoyue Zhang, Xiangyin Ni, Petr Heděnec, Kai Yue, Xinyu Wei, Jing Yang, Fuzhong Wu This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Vegetation regeneration is a complex process, involving many stages from seeds and seedlings to plant establishment and development. As the first thing the seed contacts on the soil floor, litter could provide nutrients and … Continue reading What will happen to early vegetation growth at different stages as plant litter increases?

Native and Exotic species respond differently to litter accumulation and the presence of small mammals in invaded grasslands

Lachlan Charles, John Maron, Loralee Larios This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which is published here. In many invaded grasslands, fast-growing exotic species can produce large quantities of litter. This litter can impede the growth of native species, while simultaneously improving the conditions that reinforce the spread of exotic species. Reasons for this disparity between exotic and native species performance … Continue reading Native and Exotic species respond differently to litter accumulation and the presence of small mammals in invaded grasslands

Effect of litter quality and microbial community on leaf and root litter C or N loss during decomposition

Stronger effect of litter quality than microorganisms on leaf and root litter C and N loss at different decomposition stages following a subtropical land use change

This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research paper. To read the research in full, click here. Chang Liao, Chunyan Long, Qian Zhang, Xiaoli Cheng Vegetation has been considered as a linkage between above- and belowground environments because plants can absorb nutrients from the soil and return carbon (C) and nutrients to soil through litter decomposition. Litter decomposition is greatly influenced by … Continue reading Stronger effect of litter quality than microorganisms on leaf and root litter C and N loss at different decomposition stages following a subtropical land use change