Plant species' origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands

Seabloom, Eric W., Borer, Elizabeth T., Buckley, Yvonne M., Cleland, Elsa E., Davies, Kendi F., Firn, Jennifer, Harpole, W. Stanley, Hautier, Yann, Lind, Eric M., MacDougall, Andrew S., Orrock, John L., Prober, Suzanne M., Adler, Peter B., Anderson, T. Michael, Bakker, Jonathan D., Biederman, Lori A., Blumenthal, Dana M., Brown, Cynthia S., Brudvig, Lars A., Cadotte, Marc, Chu, Chengjin, Cottingham, Kathryn L., Crawley, Michael J., Damschen, Ellen I., Dantonio, Carla M., DeCrappeo, Nicole M., Du, Guozhen, Fay, Philip A., Frater, Paul, Gruner, Daniel S., Hagenah, Nicole, Hector, Andy, Hillebrand, Helmut, Hofmockel, Kirsten S., Humphries, Hope C., Jin, Virginia L., Kay, Adam, Kirkman, Kevin P., Klein, Julia A., Knops, Johannes M. H., La Pierre, Kimberly J., Ladwig, Laura, Lambrinos, John G., Li, Qi, Li, Wei, Marushia, Robin, McCulley, Rebecca L., Melbourne, Brett A., Mitchell, Charles E., Moore, Joslin L., Morgan, John, Mortensen, Brent, O'Halloran, Lydia R., Pyke, David A., Risch, Anita C., Sankaran, Mahesh, Schuetz, Martin, Simonsen, Anna, Smith, Melinda D., Stevens, Carly J., Sullivan, Lauren, Wolkovich, Elizabeth, Wragg, Peter D., Wright, Justin and Yang, Louie (2015) Plant species' origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications, 6 . doi:10.1038/ncomms8710

Author Seabloom, Eric W.
Borer, Elizabeth T.
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Cleland, Elsa E.
Davies, Kendi F.
Firn, Jennifer
Harpole, W. Stanley
Hautier, Yann
Lind, Eric M.
MacDougall, Andrew S.
Orrock, John L.
Prober, Suzanne M.
Adler, Peter B.
Anderson, T. Michael
Bakker, Jonathan D.
Biederman, Lori A.
Blumenthal, Dana M.
Brown, Cynthia S.
Brudvig, Lars A.
Cadotte, Marc
Chu, Chengjin
Cottingham, Kathryn L.
Crawley, Michael J.
Damschen, Ellen I.
Dantonio, Carla M.
DeCrappeo, Nicole M.
Du, Guozhen
Fay, Philip A.
Frater, Paul
Gruner, Daniel S.
Hagenah, Nicole
Hector, Andy
Hillebrand, Helmut
Hofmockel, Kirsten S.
Humphries, Hope C.
Jin, Virginia L.
Kay, Adam
Kirkman, Kevin P.
Klein, Julia A.
Knops, Johannes M. H.
La Pierre, Kimberly J.
Ladwig, Laura
Lambrinos, John G.
Li, Qi
Li, Wei
Marushia, Robin
McCulley, Rebecca L.
Melbourne, Brett A.
Mitchell, Charles E.
Moore, Joslin L.
Morgan, John
Mortensen, Brent
O'Halloran, Lydia R.
Pyke, David A.
Risch, Anita C.
Sankaran, Mahesh
Schuetz, Martin
Simonsen, Anna
Smith, Melinda D.
Stevens, Carly J.
Sullivan, Lauren
Wolkovich, Elizabeth
Wragg, Peter D.
Wright, Justin
Yang, Louie
Title Plant species' origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands
Journal name Nature Communications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1723
Publication date 2015-07-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/ncomms8710
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 1600 Chemistry
1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
3100 Physics and Astronomy
Abstract Exotic species dominate many communities; however the functional significance of species’ biogeographic origin remains highly contentious. This debate is fuelled in part by the lack of globally replicated, systematic data assessing the relationship between species provenance, function and response to perturbations. We examined the abundance of native and exotic plant species at 64 grasslands in 13 countries, and at a subset of the sites we experimentally tested native and exotic species responses to two fundamental drivers of invasion, mineral nutrient supplies and vertebrate herbivory. Exotic species are six times more likely to dominate communities than native species. Furthermore, while experimental nutrient addition increases the cover and richness of exotic species, nutrients decrease native diversity and cover. Native and exotic species also differ in their response to vertebrate consumer exclusion. These results suggest that species origin has functional significance, and that eutrophication will lead to increased exotic dominance in grasslands.
Keyword Alien Invasive Plants
Community Structure
Biological Invasions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID NSF-DEB-1042132
Institutional Status UQ

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