Phylogenetic conservatism in plant-soil feedback and its implications for plant abundance. Journal Article uri icon



  • We examined whether plant-soil feedback and plant-field abundance were phylogenetically conserved. For 57 co-occurring native and exotic plant species from an old field in Canada, we collected a data set on the effects of three┬ásoil biota treatments on plant growth: net whole-soil feedback (combined effects of mutualists and antagonists), feedback with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) collected from soils of conspecific plants, and feedback with Glomus etunicatum, a dominant mycorrhizal fungus. We found phylogenetic signal in both net whole-soil feedback and feedback with AMF of conspecifics; conservatism was especially strong among native plants but absent among exotics. The abundance of plants in the field was also conserved, a pattern underlain by shared plant responses to soil biota. We conclude that soil biota influence the abundance of close plant relatives in nature.

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  • December 1, 2014

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  • November 3, 2015 3:30 AM

Full Author List

  • Anacker BL; Klironomos JN; Maherali H; Reinhart KO; Strauss SY

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  • 5

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-0248

Additional Document Info

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  • 1613

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