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Plant functional diversity and ecosystem properties of the Park Grass Experiment

The Park Grass Experiment provides a valuable arena for studying current theories in functional plant ecology. Plant functional traits (PFTs) can be used to quantify the impact of environmental and management filters on plant communities and ecosystem functioning.  It is predicted that nutrient inputs into the soil will lead to the dominance of species with high specific leaf area (SLA) and relative growth rate (RGR).  This in turn will lead to greater productivity of the ecosystem.  The quantity and quality of resources will also have a direct impact on the herbivore community and this will also be driven by plant traits.  Park Grass landscape
Chris Bennett
Department of Plant and Invertebrate Ecology, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden,
Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, United Kingdom
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