Tree litter effects on understorey vegetation

Tree litter effects on understorey vegetation

Tree lit­ter effects on under­storey vegetation

Litter can affect plant pop­u­la­tion struc­ture via both phys­ical and chem­ical mech­an­isms, allow­ing or pre­vent­ing dif­fer­ent spe­cies to estab­lish under dif­fer­ent lit­ter types. Baltzinger et al. invest­ig­ate the path­ways link­ing decidu­ous tree lit­ter char­ac­ter­ist­ics and the growth of Anemone nemorosa, a small per­en­nial geo­phyte. They find that an observed increase in peti­ole length caused by accu­mu­la­tion of lit­ter does not have a cost in terms of reduced rhizome growth, and that the pres­ence of lit­ter can increase leaf­ing suc­cess via shel­ter­ing young shoots against frost damage.

Annals of Botany Office.

The Annals of Botany Office is based at the University of Leicester.

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