Direct and legacy-mediated drought effects on plant performance are species-specific and depend on soil community composition

Rutger A. Wilschut, Mark Van Kleunen & Nikolas Buchenau
Droughts affect plant communities, but their impacts may be mediated by soil biota. Soil communities may ameliorate drought stress, and droughts may leave legacies of altered soil communities that may affect future plant growth. However, it is not yet understood which groups of soil biota in particular affect plant performance under drought, nor which groups contribute to drought-legacy effects on future plant growth. We hypothesized that increasing soil-community complexity ameliorates drought stress and that drought-legacy...
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