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BIOMASS ALLOCATION AND PHOSPHORUS PRODUCTIVITY OF CAREX SPECIES IN RELATION TO SOIL PHOSPHORUS STATUS

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Biomass allocation and P productivity were studied in three Carex species (C. acutiformis, C. diandra, and C. lasiocarpa) that were grown in fen peat soils differing in P content. Biomass allocation to plant parts and P productivity involved significant interactions between soil P status and species. C. acutiformis, a species from highly productive areas, showed higher biomass production, P productivity, leaf area ratio, and specific leaf area under P-deficient conditions than C. diandra and C. lasiocarpa, both species from less productive areas. Below-ground biomass allocation of C. acutiformis and above-ground biomass allocation of C. diandra and C. lasiocarpa showed plasticity in relation to soil P status.These results were remarkable since C. acutiformis, a species from eutrophic fen areas, was expected to perform worse under P-deficient conditions than those species naturally growing in those areas. Species demands on the chemical composition of the interstitial water, specific abilities to use nondirectly available P pools, faster seed germination, or seedling establishment may contribute to determine the field distribution of fen Carex species in relation to soil P status.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Biology, Utrecht University ; 2: Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria epcorona@eucmax.sim.ucm.es

10.1080/07929978.1999.10676759
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1999-04-12
2018-09-19

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