Plant genotypic diversity effects on soil nematodes vary with trophic level

Jihua Wu, Jun Yan, Youzheng Zhang, Kerri M. Crawford, Xiaoyong Chen & Shuo Yu
At local spatial scales, loss of genetic diversity within species can lead to species loss. Few studies, however, have examined plant genotypic diversity effects across trophic levels. We investigated genotypic diversity effects of Phragmites australis on belowground biomass and soil nematode communities. Our results revealed belowground plant biomass and nematode abundance responses to plant genotypic diversity were uncoupled. Decreasing plant genotypic diversity decreased the abundance of lower, but not higher trophic level nematodes. Low plant...
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