Data from: Shrubs facilitate recruitment of Caragana stenophylla Pojark: microhabitat amelioration and protection against herbivory

Li-Na Xie, Hong-Yu Guo, Zhe Liu, Christopher A Gabler, Wei-Zhong Chen, Song Gu & Cheng-Cang Ma
Key message: Mature Caragana stenophylla shrubs facilitated intraspecific sapling establishment by two mechanisms: microhabitat amelioration and protection against herbivory. Facilitation was mediated by climate, grazing and sapling age. Context: Pre-existing shrubs could facilitate sapling establishment of woody plants, however, how these facilitation vary across abiotic and biotic stress gradients and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Aims: The aim of this study is understanding the facilitation of shrub on sapling establishment, and how the two underlying...
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