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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1763-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1763-2018
Research article
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26 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 26 Mar 2018

Soil properties determine the elevational patterns of base cations and micronutrients in the plant–soil system up to the upper limits of trees and shrubs

Ruzhen Wang, Xue Wang, Yong Jiang, Artemi Cerdà, Jinfei Yin, Heyong Liu, Xue Feng, Zhan Shi, Feike A. Dijkstra, and Mai-He Li

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Our results highlight the importance of soil physicochemical properties (mainly SOC, C : N, and pH) rather than elevation (i.e., canopy cover and environmental factors, especially temperature) in determining base cation and micronutrient availabilities in soils and subsequently their concentrations in plant tissues.
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