Data from: Plant species richness promotes soil carbon and nitrogen stocks in grasslands without legumes

Wen-Feng Cong, Jasper Van Ruijven, Liesje Mommer, Gerlinde De Deyn, Frank Berendse, Ellis Hoffland & Gerlinde B. De Deyn
1. The storage of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in soil are important ecosystem functions. Grassland biodiversity experiments have shown a positive effect of plant diversity on soil C and N storage. However, these experiments all included legumes, which constitute an important N input through N2-fixation. Indeed, the results of these experiments suggest that N2-fixation by legumes is a major driver of soil C and N storage. 2. We studied whether plant diversity affects soil...
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