N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland

Beyschlag W, Hanisch S, Friedrich S, Jentsch A, Werner C (2009)
PLANT BIOLOGY 11(5): 713-724.

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Beyschlag, WolframUniBi; Hanisch, S.; Friedrich, S.; Jentsch, A.; Werner, ChristianeUniBi
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delta N-15 and total nitrogen content of above- and belowground tissues of 13 plant species from two successional stages (open pioneer community and ruderal grass stage) of a dry acidic grassland in Southern Germany were analysed, in order to evaluate whether resource use partitioning by niche separation and N input by N-2-fixing legumes are potential determinants for species coexistence and successional changes. Within each stage, plants from plots with different legume cover were compared. Soil inorganic N content, total plant biomass and delta N-15 values of bulk plant material were significantly lower in the pioneer stage than in the ruderal grass community. The observed delta N-15 differences were rather species- than site-specific. Within both stages, there were also species-specific differences in isotopic composition between above- and belowground plant dry matter. Species-specific delta N-15 signatures may theoretically be explained by (i) isotopic fractionation during microbial-mediated soil N transformations; (ii) isotopic fractionation during plant N uptake or fractionation during plant-mycorrhiza transfer processes; (iii) differences in metabolic pathways and isotopic fractionation within the plant; or (iv) partitioning of available N resources (or pools) among plant groups or differential use of the same resources by different species, which seems to be the most probable route in the present case. A significant influence of N-2-fixing legumes on the N balance of the surrounding plant community was not detectable. This was confirmed by the results of an independent in situ removal experiment, showing that after 3 years there were no measurable differences in the frequency distribution between plots with and without N-2-fixing legumes.
nitrogen; differentiation; niche; N-2-fixing legumes; resource partitioning; stable isotopes; N-15 natural abundance; dry acidic grassland
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Beyschlag W, Hanisch S, Friedrich S, Jentsch A, Werner C. N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland. PLANT BIOLOGY. 2009;11(5):713-724.
Beyschlag, W., Hanisch, S., Friedrich, S., Jentsch, A., & Werner, C. (2009). N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland. PLANT BIOLOGY, 11(5), 713-724. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1438-8677.2008.00173.x
Beyschlag, Wolfram, Hanisch, S., Friedrich, S., Jentsch, A., and Werner, Christiane. 2009. “N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland”. PLANT BIOLOGY 11 (5): 713-724.
Beyschlag, W., Hanisch, S., Friedrich, S., Jentsch, A., and Werner, C. (2009). N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland. PLANT BIOLOGY 11, 713-724.
Beyschlag, W., et al., 2009. N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland. PLANT BIOLOGY, 11(5), p 713-724.
W. Beyschlag, et al., “N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland”, PLANT BIOLOGY, vol. 11, 2009, pp. 713-724.
Beyschlag, W., Hanisch, S., Friedrich, S., Jentsch, A., Werner, C.: N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland. PLANT BIOLOGY. 11, 713-724 (2009).
Beyschlag, Wolfram, Hanisch, S., Friedrich, S., Jentsch, A., and Werner, Christiane. “N-15 natural abundance during early and late succession in a middle-European dry acidic grassland”. PLANT BIOLOGY 11.5 (2009): 713-724.

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