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Soil microbial nutrient constraints along a tropical forest elevation gradient: A belowground test of a biogeochemical paradigm

Nottingham, Andrew T.; Turner, Benjamin L; Whitaker, Jeanette; Ostle, Nicholas J.; McNamara, Niall P; Bardgett, Richard D; Salinas, Norma; Meir, Patrick


Aboveground primary productivity is widely considered to be limited by phosphorus (P) availability in lowland tropical forests and by nitrogen (N) availability in montane tropical forests. However, the extent to which this paradigm applies to belowground processes remains unresolved. We measured indices of soil microbial nutrient status in lowland, sub-montane and montane tropical forests along a natural gradient spanning 3400 m in elevation in the Peruvian Andes. With increasing elevation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Biogeosciences
DOI: 10.5194/bg-12-6071-2015
Access Rights: Open Access


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