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Microbes follow Humboldt: temperature drives plant and soil microbial diversity patterns from the Amazon to the Andes

Nottingham, Andrew T.; Fierer, Noah; Turner, Benjamin L; Whitaker, Jeanette; Ostle, Nicholas J.; McNamara, Niall P; Bardgett, Richard D; Leff, Jonathan W.; Salinas, Norma; Silman, Miles R; Kruuk, Loeske; Meir, Patrick


More than 200 years ago, Alexander von Humboldt reported that tropical plant species richness decreased with increasing elevation and decreasing temperature. Surprisingly, coordinated patterns in plant, bacterial, and fungal diversity on tropical mountains have not yet been observed, despite the central role of soil microorganisms in terrestrial biogeochemistry and ecology. We studied an Andean transect traversing 3.5 km in elevation to test whether the species diversity and composition of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecology
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2482
Access Rights: Open Access


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