Factors controlling long-term community development of a sagebrush steppe ecosystem
A study was established in 1984 in the Piceance Basin of northwest Colorado to examine how nutrient availability, soil organisms, and seed availability affect plant and microbial community development following disturbance. Initial results showed that increased nitrogen (N) availability and removal of soil organism limited plant community recovery, while decreased N availability and seeding with late seral species accelerated community development. Nutrient addition and immobilization treatments continued through 1999. Here, I examined how these treatments affected plant and microbial community ...
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