Eco-evolutionary outsiders: establishing in a distantly related neighbourhood delays and reorganizes nutrient recycling

Xu Pan, Mathieu Santonja, Pierre-Emmanuel Courty, Olaf Butenschön, Matty Berg, Phil Murray, Benjamin Yguel, Daphnée Brulé & Andreas Prinzing
Rapid environmental change forces long-lived plants like trees to immigrate into zones still occupied by phylogenetically distantly related species. Does such phylogenetic isolation (PI) change the trees’ ecosystem functioning such as litter decomposition? We studied oaks (Quercus petraea) of low and high PI, reciprocally transplanting their litters to identify effect of aboveground litter quality and belowground decomposer biota. Across 8 and 14 months we quantified decomposition (mass loss, C-loss and N-loss), decomposer biota (Acari, Collembola,...
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