The effect of plant-soil feedback on the restoration of fen meadows

E.P. Brinkman, C.E. Raaijmakers, W.H. van der Putten

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Abstract

Nutrient-poor fen meadows are of great conservation value because of their endangered flora and fauna, which depend on these areas for their persistence. As a consequence of intensification of agricultural practices, these meadows have become increasingly rare. Restoration measures consist of re-introducing traditional management techniques, in many cases combined with additional measures like rewetting and sod cutting. The success of restoration measures is variable. It has been shown that feedback between plants and the soil community can contribute to secondary succession. Thus, restoration of the soil community may be important to accomplish restoration of the plant community. We investigated the effect of plant-soil feedback on competition between characteristic meadow plant species and more common plants. Most of the tested plant species benefited from growing in soil originating from a typical fen meadow plant community compared to soil from a degenerated fen meadow. We conclude that addition of soil organisms may eventually be used to enhance the restoration of typical fen meadow plant communities
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the GFÖ 2009, 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany on Dimensions of Ecology: From global change to molecular ecology, Bayreuth, Germany, 14-18 September 2009
EditorsS Hozheu, B Thies
Place of PublicationBayreuth
PublisherUniversity of Bayreuth
Pages210-210
Volume115
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventGFÖ 2009, 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Bayreuth, Germany -
Duration: 14 Sep 200918 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceGFÖ 2009, 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Bayreuth, Germany
Period14/09/0918/09/09

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    Brinkman, E. P., Raaijmakers, C. E., & van der Putten, W. H. (2009). The effect of plant-soil feedback on the restoration of fen meadows. In S. Hozheu, & B. Thies (Eds.), Proceedings of the GFÖ 2009, 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany on Dimensions of Ecology: From global change to molecular ecology, Bayreuth, Germany, 14-18 September 2009 (Vol. 115, pp. 210-210). University of Bayreuth.