The temporal dimension of plant-soil microbe interactions: mechanisms promoting feedback between generations

Po-Ju Ke & Jonathan Levine
Soil microbes can influence plant competitive outcomes by stabilizing plant community dynamics or mediating plant competitive hierarchies. Which effect dominates depends on whether microbial effects can extend beyond the focal conditioning individual. While it is well-known that microbial effects can extend to other individuals through space, we lack an explicit theoretical understanding of the factors that regulate their spread to other individuals in subsequent generations. Here, we examine how the commonly-assumed stabilizing effects of host-specific...
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