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Research article2013Peer reviewed

Decoupled responses of tree and shrub leaf and litter trait values to ecosystem retrogression across an island area gradient

Lagerström, Anna; Nilsson Hegethorn, Marie-Charlotte; Wardle, David


Our results only partially agree with previous studies on temperate and subtropical retrogressive chronosequences. Because traits of only shrubs were responsive, they also highlight that impairment of belowground ecosystem processes during retrogression is primarily driven by changes in the trait spectra of understory vegetation rather than that of the trees.


Decomposition; Ecosystemdevelopment; Plant traits; Retrogression; Succession

Published in

Plant and Soil
2013, Volume: 367, number: 1-2, pages: 183-197
Publisher: SPRINGER