Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients

Fay, Philip A., Prober, Suzanne M., Harpole, W. Stanley, Knops, Johannes M. H., Bakker, Jonathan D., Borer, Elizabeth T., Lind, Eric M., MacDougall, Andrew S., Seabloom, Eric W., Wragg, Peter D., Adler, Peter B., Blumenthal, Dana M., Buckley, Yvonne M., Chu, Chengjin, Cleland, Elsa E., Collins, Scott L., Davies, Kendi F., Du, Guozhen, Feng, Xiaohui, Firn, Jennifer, Gruner, Daniel S., Hagenah, Nicole, Hautier, Yann, Heckman, Robert W., Jin, Virginia L., Kirkman, Kevin P., Klein, Julia, Ladwig, Laura M., Li, Qi, McCulley, Rebecca L., Melbourne, Brett A., Mitchell, Charles E., Moore, Joslin L., Morgan, John W., Risch, Anita C., Schuetz, Martin, Stevens, Carly J., Wedin, David A. and Yang, Louie H. (2015) Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients. Nature Plants, 1 7: . doi:10.1038/NPLANTS.2015.80

Author Fay, Philip A.
Prober, Suzanne M.
Harpole, W. Stanley
Knops, Johannes M. H.
Bakker, Jonathan D.
Borer, Elizabeth T.
Lind, Eric M.
MacDougall, Andrew S.
Seabloom, Eric W.
Wragg, Peter D.
Adler, Peter B.
Blumenthal, Dana M.
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Chu, Chengjin
Cleland, Elsa E.
Collins, Scott L.
Davies, Kendi F.
Du, Guozhen
Feng, Xiaohui
Firn, Jennifer
Gruner, Daniel S.
Hagenah, Nicole
Hautier, Yann
Heckman, Robert W.
Jin, Virginia L.
Kirkman, Kevin P.
Klein, Julia
Ladwig, Laura M.
Li, Qi
McCulley, Rebecca L.
Melbourne, Brett A.
Mitchell, Charles E.
Moore, Joslin L.
Morgan, John W.
Risch, Anita C.
Schuetz, Martin
Stevens, Carly J.
Wedin, David A.
Yang, Louie H.
Title Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients
Journal name Nature Plants   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2055-026X
Publication date 2015-07-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/NPLANTS.2015.80
Open Access Status Other
Volume 1
Issue 7
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Terrestrial ecosystem productivity is widely accepted to be nutrient limited1. Although nitrogen (N) is deemed a key determinant of aboveground net primary production (ANPP)2,3, the prevalence of co-limitation by N and phosphorus (P) is increasingly recognized4,​5,​6,​7,​8. However, the extent to which terrestrial productivity is co-limited by nutrients other than N and P has remained unclear. Here, we report results from a standardized factorial nutrient addition experiment, in which we added N, P and potassium (K) combined with a selection of micronutrients (K+μ), alone or in concert, to 42 grassland sites spanning five continents, and monitored ANPP. Nutrient availability limited productivity at 31 of the 42 grassland sites. And pairwise combinations of N, P, and K+μ co-limited ANPP at 29 of the sites. Nitrogen limitation peaked in cool, high latitude sites. Our findings highlight the importance of less studied nutrients, such as K and micronutrients, for grassland productivity, and point to significant variations in the type and degree of nutrient limitation. We suggest that multiple-nutrient constraints must be considered when assessing the ecosystem-scale consequences of nutrient enrichment.
Keyword Nitrogen limitation
Terrestrial ecosystems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID NSF-DEB-1042132
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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