Mutualism and competition between plants and decomposers: implications for nutrient allocation in ecosystems

J. Harte, A. P. Kinzig

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Abstract

Testable predictions about nutriewnt allocation in ecosystems follow from the assumption that decomposers allocate for their own growth the fraction of mineralized nutrient that maximizes their population biomass, leaving the remainder available for plant uptake. Available data for a wide variety of ecosystems are nearly all consistent with the predicted quantitative relationships among nitrogen flow rates and nitrogen fractions in plants, decomposers, and nonliving organic matter. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-846
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Naturalist
Volume141
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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