Interspecific trait variability and local soil conditions modulate grassland model community responses to climate

Franklin Alongi, Jana Rüthers, Justyna Giejsztowt, Katrina LaPaglia & Anke Jentsch
High elevation grasslands provide critical services in agriculture and ecosystem stabilization. However, these ecosystems face elevated risks of disturbance due to predicted soil and climate changes. We experimentally exposed model grassland communities, comprised of three species grown on either local or reference soil, to varied climatic environments along an elevational gradient in the European Alps, measuring the effects on species and community traits. Although species-specific biomass varied across soil and climate, species’ proportional contributions to...
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