How specialized is a soil specialist? Early life history responses of a rare Eriogonum to site-level variation in volcanic soils

Jamey McClinton, Elizabeth Leger, Thomas Parchman, Paul Verburg & Kathleen Torrence
Premise of the study: Understanding edaphic specialization is crucial for conserving rare plants that may need relocation due to habitat loss. Focusing on Eriogonum crosbyae, a rare soil specialist in the Great Basin, US, we asked how site-level variation among volcanic soil outcrops affected plant growth and population distribution. Methods: We measured emergence, survival, size, and biomass allocation of E. crosbyae seedlings planted into soils collected from forty-two outcrops of actual and potential habitat. We...
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