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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
Publication Type: Article
Journal: Biological Invasions
Article Topic(s): Invasive species,Competition
Research Setting(s): Field
Species Referenced: Andropogon glomeratus (Bushy bluestem),
AbstractCompares 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.
Suggested CitationD. 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.