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Aridity increases below-ground niche breadth in grass communities

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Butterfield, B.J., Bradford, J.B., Munson, S.M., Gremer, J.R., 2017, Aridity increases below-ground niche breadth in grass communities: Plant Ecology, v. (online), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11258-016-0696-4 and http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11258-016-0696-4.

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Aridity is an important environmental filter in the assembly of plant communities worldwide. The extent to which root traits mediate responses to aridity, and how they are coordinated with leaf traits, remains unclear. Here, we measured variation in root tissue density (RTD), specific root length (SRL), specific leaf area (SLA), and seed size within and among thirty perennial grass communities distributed along an aridity gradient spanning 190–540 mm of climatic water deficit (potential minus actual evapotranspiration). We tested the hypotheses that traits exhibited coordinated variation (1) among species, as well as (2) among communities varying in aridity, and (3) functional diversity within communities declines with increasing aridity, [...]

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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1007/s11258-016-0696-4
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