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Nutrient limitation and long-term ecosystem development

posted Jan 31, 2012, 7:40 AM by Etienne Laliberté
Ecosystem progression and retrogression are considered to be causally linked to shifts from nitrogen to phosphorus limitation, but evidence to support this view remains scarce. We conducted a nutrient-limitation bioassay along a 2-million year dune chronosequence in Australia and provide strong experimental evidence in support of this view. This study is now accepted for publication in Journal of Ecology.