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Evidence of a community-level root acquisition-conservation trade-off


Photography H. Bessière

Grassland root functional parameters vary according to a community-level resource acquisition-conservation trade-off

Florian Fort, Pablo Cruz, Eric Lecloux, Leandro Bittencourt de Oliveira, Ciprian Stroia, Jean-Pierre Theau, Claire Jouany


This study has for objective to test how do soil depth gradient and fertility changes influence communities’ below-ground parameters on a long-term experiment set on a French temperate grassland.

Our results support the hypothesis that fertile communities are dominated by acquisitive species and highlight the fact that soil depth has a strong effect on functional parameters.

Accepted for publication in Journal of Vegetation Science