Springtail community structure is influenced by functional traits but not biogeographic origin of leaf litter in soils of novel forest ecosystems

TitleSpringtail community structure is influenced by functional traits but not biogeographic origin of leaf litter in soils of novel forest ecosystems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRaymond-Leonard L.J, Gravel D., Reich P.B, Handa I.T
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological SciencesProceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological SciencesProceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences
Volume285
Pagination7
Date PublishedMay
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0962-8452
Accession NumberWOS:000433506100025
Keywordsbiodiversity, biodiversity loss, biomass, Collembola, decomposition, diversity, ecology, Environmental Sciences &, Evolutionary Biology, exotic species, functional diversity, habitat, IDENT, Life Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics, management, mantel test, mesofauna, plant, quality
Abstract

With ongoing global change, shifts in the ranges of non-native species and resulting novel communities can modify biotic interactions and ecosystem processes. We hypothesized that traits and not biogeographic origin of novel plant communities will determine community structure of organisms that depend on plants for habitat or as a food resource. We tested the functional redundancy of novel tree communities by verifying if six pairs of congeneric European and North American tree species bearing similar leaf litter traits resulted in similar ecological filters influencing the assembly of springtail (Collembola) communities at two sites. Litter biogeographic origin (native versus non-native) did not influence springtail community structure, but litter genus, which generally reflected trait differences, did. Our empirical evidence suggests that a functional trait approach may be indeed as relevant as, and complementary to, studying biogeographic origin to understand the ecological consequences of non-native tree species in soils of novel forest ecosystems.

Short TitleProc. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci.Proc. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci.
Alternate JournalProc. R. Soc. B-Biol. Sci.