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Authors Cebrian-Piqueras, MA; Trinogga, J; Trenkamp, A; Minden, V; Maier, M; Mantilla-Contreras, J
Author Full Name Cebrian-Piqueras, Miguel A.; Trinogga, Juliane; Trenkamp, Anastasia; Minden, Vanessa; Maier, Martin; Mantilla-Contreras, Jasmin
Title Digging into the roots: understanding direct and indirect drivers of ecosystem service trade-offs in coastal grasslands via plant functional traits
Source ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Trait-based approach; Functional ecology; Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM); Biodiversity effects; Land use intensification; Grassland communities; Plant-soil interactions; Leaf economics spectrum; Root traits
Keywords Plus LEAF ECONOMICS; ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS; SALT MARSHES; SOIL CARBON; DIVERSITY; STRATEGIES; AGRICULTURE; CLIMATE; EUTROPHICATION; DECOMPOSITION
Abstract Recent empirical and theoretical approaches have called for an understanding of the processes underpinning ecosystem service provision. Environmental gradients have shown effects on key plant functional traits that subsequently explain ecosystem properties of several systems. However, little is known concerning how associations between plant functional traits, including both below- and aboveground plant components, predict ecosystem properties and independently measured final ecosystem services. Here, we modeled (1) the responses of the leaf and plant economics spectrum, Plant size axis, and root growth to environmental gradients and (2) how associations between plant functional traits explain trade-offs and synergies between multiple ecosystem properties and final services. Forty-four plots were studied in a coastal marsh landscape of the German North Sea Coast. We used a partial least square structural equation model approach to test the hypothesized model. We found (1) a negative covariation between plant traits pertaining to a size axis and traits explaining both plant growth (roots and stems) and the leaf economics spectrum; (2) this trade-off responded significantly to the land use gradient and nutrient availability, which were both strongly driven by the groundwater gradient; (3) this trade-off explained an initial major trade-off between carbon stocks, at one extreme of the axis, and both the habitat value to conserve endangered plants and forage production for meat and dairy products at the other extreme. However, a secondary trade-off between nature conservation value and forage production, explained by a trade-off between leaf economics spectrum and plant growth in response to the land use intensity gradient, was also found.
Author Address [Cebrian-Piqueras, Miguel A.] Univ Gottingen, Dept Agr Econ & Rural Dev, Pl Gottinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Gottingen, Germany; [Cebrian-Piqueras, Miguel A.; Trinogga, Juliane; Minden, Vanessa; Maier, Martin] Carl von Ossietzky Univ Oldenburg, Inst Biol & Environm Sci, Carl von Ossietzky Str 9-11, D-26129 Oldenburg, Germany; [Trenkamp, Anastasia; Mantilla-Contreras, Jasmin] Univ Hildesheim, Inst Biol & Chem, Ecol & Environm Educ Grp, Univ Pl 1, D-31141 Hildesheim, Germany; [Minden, Vanessa] Vrije Univ Brussel, Dept Biol Ecol & Biodivers, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Reprint Address Cebrian-Piqueras, MA (corresponding author), Univ Gottingen, Dept Agr Econ & Rural Dev, Pl Gottinger Sieben 5, D-37073 Gottingen, Germany.
E-mail Address cebrian@uni-goettingen.de
ResearcherID Number Maier, Martin/F-5642-2010
ORCID Number Maier, Martin/0000-0002-3782-6370; Cebrian-Piqueras, Miguel Angel/0000-0002-2130-0921
Funding Agency and Grant Number German Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchFederal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) [01LL0911]
Funding Text We thank Michael Kleyer for comments on earlier versions of this paper. We want thank the administration of the Nationalpark NiedersachsischesWattenmeer and the County of Aurich that allowed fieldwork in protected areas. We also thank the farmers for allowing us to access their properties and for the interviews, Cord Peppler-Lisbach for help with species' identification and statistical support, Sarah Witte for the analysis of a subset of soil samples, and the technicians and students for their help in the laboratory. This project was part of the collaborative research project
Publisher SPRINGER
Publisher City DORDRECHT
Publisher Address VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
ISSN 0167-6369
29-Character Source Abbreviation ENVIRON MONIT ASSESS
ISO Source Abbreviation Environ. Monit. Assess.
Publication Date APR
Year Published 2021
Volume 193
Issue SUPPL 1
Supplement 1
Special Issue SI
Article Number 271
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s10661-020-08817-x
Page Count 21
Web of Science Category Environmental Sciences
Subject Category Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number SC4GS
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000650632400007
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