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Plant diversity predicts beta but not alpha diversity of soil microbes across grasslands worldwide

Overview of attention for article published in Ecology Letters, November 2014
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Plant diversity predicts beta but not alpha diversity of soil microbes across grasslands worldwide
Published in
Ecology Letters, November 2014
DOI 10.1111/ele.12381
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Suzanne M. Prober, Jonathan W. Leff, Scott T. Bates, Elizabeth T. Borer, Jennifer Firn, W. Stanley Harpole, Eric M. Lind, Eric W. Seabloom, Peter B. Adler, Jonathan D. Bakker, Elsa E. Cleland, Nicole M. DeCrappeo, Elizabeth DeLorenze, Nicole Hagenah, Yann Hautier, Kirsten S. Hofmockel, Kevin P. Kirkman, Johannes M.H. Knops, Kimberly J. La Pierre, Andrew S. MacDougall, Rebecca L. McCulley, Charles E. Mitchell, Anita C. Risch, Martin Schuetz, Carly J. Stevens, Ryan J. Williams, Noah Fierer


Aboveground-belowground interactions exert critical controls on the composition and function of terrestrial ecosystems, yet the fundamental relationships between plant diversity and soil microbial diversity remain elusive. Theory predicts predominantly positive associations but tests within single sites have shown variable relationships, and associations between plant and microbial diversity across broad spatial scales remain largely unexplored. We compared the diversity of plant, bacterial, archaeal and fungal communities in one hundred and forty-five 1 m(2) plots across 25 temperate grassland sites from four continents. Across sites, the plant alpha diversity patterns were poorly related to those observed for any soil microbial group. However, plant beta diversity (compositional dissimilarity between sites) was significantly correlated with the beta diversity of bacterial and fungal communities, even after controlling for environmental factors. Thus, across a global range of temperate grasslands, plant diversity can predict patterns in the composition of soil microbial communities, but not patterns in alpha diversity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 11 2%
South Africa 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Other 11 2%
Unknown 694 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 203 28%
Researcher 124 17%
Student > Master 101 14%
Student > Bachelor 59 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 48 7%
Other 94 13%
Unknown 97 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 350 48%
Environmental Science 150 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 40 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 19 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 9 1%
Other 20 3%
Unknown 138 19%

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