Response of leaf traits of common plants in alpine meadow to plateau pika disturbance

【来源:草地农业科技学院 | 发布日期:2018-06-15 | 作者:办公室 】    

Title: Response of leaf traits of common plants in alpine meadow to plateau pika disturbance

Authors: Xiao Pan Pang, Zheng Gang Guo*

Journal: The Rangeland Journal (环境科学与生态学四区, IF2016 = 1.211)

Doi.org/10.1071/RJ17089

Abstract. Leaf traits have been proven to reflect the adaptation of individual plants to disturbance environments in a grassland ecosystem. A field survey was conducted to investigate the effects of the disturbance intensity of plateau pika on the leaf traits of a dominant (Kobresia pygmaea) and two common plants (Elymus nutans and Anemone rivularis var.flore-minore) in an alpine meadow. This study indicated that the plateau pika disturbance enables the individuals of threeplants to exhibit respective plasticity because the three plants had different leaf indices (LI) as the disturbance intensity increased. K. pygmaea, E. nutans and A. rivularis var. flore-minore had high specific leaf area (SLA), leaf dry mass content (LDMC), and leaf nitrogen content (LNC) at relatively low, moderate, and high disturbance intensities of plateau pika, respectively. K. pygmaea, E. nutans and A. rivularis var. flore-minore suffered low nutrient stress at low, moderate and high disturbance intensities due to high N: P at corresponding disturbance intensities. These results indicated that K. pygmaea, E. nutans and A. rivularis var. flore-minore grew well at relatively low, moderate, and high disturbance intensity conditions, respectively, which contributed to the improvement of alpine meadows with a higher proportion of E. nutans at moderate disturbance intensity or the deterioration of alpine meadows with a higher proportion of A. rivularis var. flore-minore at a high disturbance intensity. Our findings suggest that leaf traits are effective tools to explain how small burrowing herbivore disturbances often lead to the improvement or deterioration of alpine meadows under different disturbance intensities.

链接:http://www.publish.csiro.au/RJ/RJ17089

全文:The Rangeland Journal,2018,40,39-46.pdf

 

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