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Pathways of Leymus chinensis Individual Aboveground Biomass Decline in Natural Semiarid Grassland Induced by Overgrazing: A Study at the Plant Functional Trait Scale

Xiliang, Li; Zhiying, Liu; Zhen, Wang; Xinhong, Wu; Xinle, Li; Jing, Hu; Hongxiao, Shi; Fenghui, Guo; Yong, Zhang; Xiangyang, Hou;
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  • Published: 01 May 2015 Journal: PLoS ONE (issn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Abstract
Natural grassland productivity, which is based on an individual plant’s aboveground biomass (AB) and its interaction with herbivores, can obviously affect terrestrial ecosystem services and the grassland’s agricultural production. As plant traits have been linked to both AB and ecosystem success, they may provide a useful approach to understand the changes in individual plants and grassland productivity in response to grazing on a generic level. Unfortunately, the current lack of studies on how plant traits affect AB affected by herbivores leaves a major gap in our understanding of the mechanism of grassland productivity decline. This study, therefore, aims to a...
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3 Cingolani AM, Posse G, Collantes MB. Plant functional traits, herbivore selectivity and response to sheep grazing in Patagonian steppe grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology. 2005;42(1):50–9.

4 Flynn DF, Mirotchnick N, Jain M, Palmer MI, Naeem S. Functional and phylogenetic diversity as predictors of biodiversity-ecosystem-function relationships. Ecology. 2011;92(8):1573–81. 21905424 [PubMed]

5 Edwards KF, Litchman E, Klausmeier CA. Functional traits explain phytoplankton community structure and seasonal dynamics in a marine ecosystem. Ecology letters. 2013;16(1):56–63. 10.1111/ele.12012 23033839 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

6 Zuo X, Wang S, Zhao X, Li W, Knops J, Kochsiek A. Effect of spatial scale and topography on spatial heterogeneity of soil seed banks under grazing disturbance in a sandy grassland of Horqin Sand Land, Northern China. Journal of Arid Land. 2012;4(2):151–60.

7 Kemp DR, Guodong H, Xiangyang H, Michalk DL, Fujiang H, Jianping W, et al Innovative grassland management systems for environmental and livelihood benefits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2013;110(21):8369–74. 10.1073/pnas.1208063110 23671092 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

8 Li S, Verburg PH, Lv S, Wu J, Li X. Spatial analysis of the driving factors of grassland degradation under conditions of climate change and intensive use in Inner Mongolia, China. Regional Environmental Change. 2012;12(3):461–74.

9 Tong C, Wu J, Yong S-p, Yang J, Yong W. A landscape-scale assessment of steppe degradation in the Xilin River Basin, Inner Mongolia, China. Journal of Arid Environments. 2004;59(1):133–49.

10 Wen L, Dong S, Li Y, Li X, Shi J, Wang Y, et al Effect of degradation intensity on grassland ecosystem services in the Alpine Region of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. PloS one. 2013;8(3):e58432 10.1371/journal.pone.0058432 23469278 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

11 Bardgett RD, Wardle DA, Yeates GW. Linking above-ground and below-ground interactions: how plant responses to foliar herbivory influence soil organisms. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 1998;30(14):1867–78.

12 Kuzyakov Y. Priming effects: interactions between living and dead organic matter. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2010;42(9):1363–71. [OpenAIRE]

13 Aj Bisigato, Laphitz R, Lopez M. Ecohydrological effects of grazing‐induced degradation in the Patagonian Monte, Argentina. Austral Ecology. 2009;34(5):545–57.

14 Wu G-L, Liu Z-H, Zhang L, Chen J-M, Hu T-M. Long-term fencing improved soil properties and soil organic carbon storage in an alpine swamp meadow of western China. Plant and Soil. 2010;332(1–2):331–7.

15 Hassani N, Asghari H, Frid A, Nurberdief M. Impacts of overgrazing in a long term traditional grazing ecosystem on vegetation around watering points in a semi-arid rangeland of North-Eastern Iran. Pakistan journal of biological sciences: PJBS. 2008;11(13):1733–7. 18819628 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

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Abstract
Natural grassland productivity, which is based on an individual plant’s aboveground biomass (AB) and its interaction with herbivores, can obviously affect terrestrial ecosystem services and the grassland’s agricultural production. As plant traits have been linked to both AB and ecosystem success, they may provide a useful approach to understand the changes in individual plants and grassland productivity in response to grazing on a generic level. Unfortunately, the current lack of studies on how plant traits affect AB affected by herbivores leaves a major gap in our understanding of the mechanism of grassland productivity decline. This study, therefore, aims to a...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: food and beveragesfungi
free text keywords: Medicine, R, Science, Q, Research Article, General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine
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Article . 2015
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Article . 2015
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44 references, page 1 of 3

1 Wardle DA, Bardgett RD, Klironomos JN, SetäläH, Van Der Putten WH, Wall DH. Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota. Science. 2004;304(5677):1629–33. 15192218 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

2 Hector A, Schmid B, Beierkuhnlein C, Caldeira M, Diemer M, Dimitrakopoulos P, et al Plant diversity and productivity experiments in European grasslands. Science. 1999;286(5442):1123–7. 10550043 [PubMed]

3 Cingolani AM, Posse G, Collantes MB. Plant functional traits, herbivore selectivity and response to sheep grazing in Patagonian steppe grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology. 2005;42(1):50–9.

4 Flynn DF, Mirotchnick N, Jain M, Palmer MI, Naeem S. Functional and phylogenetic diversity as predictors of biodiversity-ecosystem-function relationships. Ecology. 2011;92(8):1573–81. 21905424 [PubMed]

5 Edwards KF, Litchman E, Klausmeier CA. Functional traits explain phytoplankton community structure and seasonal dynamics in a marine ecosystem. Ecology letters. 2013;16(1):56–63. 10.1111/ele.12012 23033839 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

6 Zuo X, Wang S, Zhao X, Li W, Knops J, Kochsiek A. Effect of spatial scale and topography on spatial heterogeneity of soil seed banks under grazing disturbance in a sandy grassland of Horqin Sand Land, Northern China. Journal of Arid Land. 2012;4(2):151–60.

7 Kemp DR, Guodong H, Xiangyang H, Michalk DL, Fujiang H, Jianping W, et al Innovative grassland management systems for environmental and livelihood benefits. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2013;110(21):8369–74. 10.1073/pnas.1208063110 23671092 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

8 Li S, Verburg PH, Lv S, Wu J, Li X. Spatial analysis of the driving factors of grassland degradation under conditions of climate change and intensive use in Inner Mongolia, China. Regional Environmental Change. 2012;12(3):461–74.

9 Tong C, Wu J, Yong S-p, Yang J, Yong W. A landscape-scale assessment of steppe degradation in the Xilin River Basin, Inner Mongolia, China. Journal of Arid Environments. 2004;59(1):133–49.

10 Wen L, Dong S, Li Y, Li X, Shi J, Wang Y, et al Effect of degradation intensity on grassland ecosystem services in the Alpine Region of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. PloS one. 2013;8(3):e58432 10.1371/journal.pone.0058432 23469278 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed] [DOI]

11 Bardgett RD, Wardle DA, Yeates GW. Linking above-ground and below-ground interactions: how plant responses to foliar herbivory influence soil organisms. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 1998;30(14):1867–78.

12 Kuzyakov Y. Priming effects: interactions between living and dead organic matter. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2010;42(9):1363–71. [OpenAIRE]

13 Aj Bisigato, Laphitz R, Lopez M. Ecohydrological effects of grazing‐induced degradation in the Patagonian Monte, Argentina. Austral Ecology. 2009;34(5):545–57.

14 Wu G-L, Liu Z-H, Zhang L, Chen J-M, Hu T-M. Long-term fencing improved soil properties and soil organic carbon storage in an alpine swamp meadow of western China. Plant and Soil. 2010;332(1–2):331–7.

15 Hassani N, Asghari H, Frid A, Nurberdief M. Impacts of overgrazing in a long term traditional grazing ecosystem on vegetation around watering points in a semi-arid rangeland of North-Eastern Iran. Pakistan journal of biological sciences: PJBS. 2008;11(13):1733–7. 18819628 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

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