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Effect of an invasive grass on ambient rates of decomposition and microbial community structure: a search for causality

Author(s): D. C. Holly, G. N. Ervin, C. R. Jackson, S. V. Diehl and G. T. Kirker

Month: Oct
Year: 2009

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Biological Invasions
Volume: 11
Issue: 8
Pages: 1855-1868

Article Topic(s): Invasive species,Competition
Research Setting(s): Field

Species Referenced: Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy bluestem),

Abstract

Compares the decomposition rates of litter of the native Andropogon glomeratus and the invasive Imperata cylindrica. Biomass of I. cylindrica decomposed faster than that of A. glomeratus. Belowground biomass of both species decomposed faster in areas heavily invaded by I. cylindrica. The microbial communities in the invaded site differed from the non-invaded site both compositionally and enzymatically, indicating a potential mechanism by which I. cylindrica alters ecosystem processes.

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D. C. Holly, G. N. Ervin, C. R. Jackson, S. V. Diehl and G. T. Kirker. "Effect of an invasive grass on ambient rates of decomposition and microbial community structure: a search for causality." Biological Invasions 11.8 (2009): 1855-1868.

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ISSN: 1387-3547
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-008-9364-5

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