Articles | Volume 13, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 13, 4429–4438, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4429-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 4429–4438, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4429-2016

Research article 09 Aug 2016

Research article | 09 Aug 2016

Variations of leaf N and P concentrations in shrubland biomes across northern China: phylogeny, climate, and soil

Xian Yang et al.

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Leaf chemical concentrations are key traits in ecosystem functioning. Previous studies were biased for trees and grasses. Here, we explored the patterns of leaf N and P concentrations in relation to climate, soil, and evolutionary history in northern China. We found that climate influenced the community chemical traits through the shift in species composition, whereas soil directly influenced the community chemical traits.
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