Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 12, 757–767, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 757–767, 2015

Research article 09 Feb 2015

Research article | 09 Feb 2015

Strong stoichiometric resilience after litter manipulation experiments; a case study in a Chinese grassland

C. Xiao et al.


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AR by Bertrand Guenet on behalf of the Authors (01 Oct 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Nov 2014) by Sönke Zaehle
AR by Bertrand Guenet on behalf of the Authors (06 Jan 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Jan 2015) by Sönke Zaehle
Short summary
Global climate change may increase the litter inputs in some ecosystems impacting the soil–plant system functioning. We added litter, to the 10–20 cm subsoil layer of a steppe community at different rates. Small litter additions had no effect on the stoichiometry, whereas the highest additions (not realistic compared to the future predictions) modified the system slightly. It suggests that the grassland studied here is resilient to more plausible inputs in terms of stoichiometric functioning.
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