Linkages of plant–soil feedbacks and underlying invasion mechanisms

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  • Soil microbial communities and processes have repeatedly been shown to impact plant community assembly and population growth. Soil-driven effects may be particularly pronounced with the introduction of plants to non-native ranges, as introduced plants are not typically accompanied by transference of local soil communities. Herewedescribehowthemechanismsbywhichsoilcommunityprocessesinfluenceplantgrowthoverlapwithseveral known and well-described mechanisms of plant invasion. Critically, a given soil community process may either facilitate or limit invasion, depending upon local conditions and the specific mechanisms of soil processes involved. Additionally, as soil communities typically consist of species with short generation times, the net consequences of plant–soil feedbacks for invasion trajectories are likely to change over time, as ecological and evolutionary adjustments occur. Here we provide an overview of the ecological linkages of plant–soil feedbacks and underlying mechanisms of invasion.

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    • Inderjit, & Cahill, J. F. (2015). Linkages of plant–soil feedbacks and underlying invasion mechanisms. AoB Plants, 7.
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