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Alleviating nitrogen limitation in Mediterranean maquis vegetation leads to ecological degradation

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  • Nov, 2017

Dias​, T.,​ Crous​, C.,​ Liberati​, D.,​ Munzi​, S.,​ Gouveia​, C.,​ Ulm​, F.,​ Afonso​, A.C,​ Ochoa-Hueso​, R.,​ Manrique​, E.,​ Sheppard​, L., Martins-Loução​, M.A​., da Silva​, A.B. & Cruz​, C. (2017) ​Alleviating nitrogen limitation in Mediterranean maquis vegetation leads to ecological degradation.

Land Degradation & Development, 28(8), 2482-2492. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2784 (IF ; Q1 Soil Sciences)
Summary:

Soils are being degraded at an alarming rate and thereby also crucial ecosystem goods and services. Nitrogen (N) enrichment is a major driver of this degradation. While the negative impacts of N enrichment on vegetation are well known globally, those on various ecological interactions, and on ecosystem functioning, remain largely unknown. Because Mediterranean ecosystems are N limited, they are good model systems for evaluating how N enrichment impacts not only vegetation but also ecological partnerships and ecosystem functioning. Using a 7-year N-manipulation (dose and form) field experiment running in a Mediterranean Basin maquis located in a region with naturally low ambient N deposition.


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ldr.2784/full