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Mechanisms Determining Patterns of Nutrient Dynamics

Valerie T. Eviner and Mary K. Firestone

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252202.003.0008
Mechanisms Determining Patterns of Nutrient Dynamics

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This chapter explores the controls over nutrient pools and fluxes across different California grassland types, beginning by discussing exotic-dominated annual grasslands, where most biogeochemical studies have occurred. Patterns in these annual grasslands are compared to those in native grasslands and oak-grassland matrices. Finally, the chapter examines the roles of organisms other than plants in influencing nutrient dynamics.

Keywords: nutrient pools; California grasslands; exotic-dominated grasslands; annual grasslands; native grasslands; oak-grasslands; nutrient dynamics

Chapter.  10210 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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