Plant Soil Feedback and Species Coexistence

Currently we are studying the impact of environmental heterogeneity generated by plants on species interaction. Several research topics about negative plant-soil feedback are faced to unravel its role in determine species diversity in natural plant communities: the occurrence in nature, the underling mechanisms and the connection with facilitative interactions.

Activity start 2005
Publications - G. Bonanomi, G. Incerti, S. Mazzoleni, Assessing occurrence, specificity, and mechanisms of plant facilitation in terrestrial ecosystems, Plant Ecol (2011) 212:1777-1790, DOI 10.1007/s11258-011-9948-5.
- G. Bonanomi, A. Mingo, G. Incerti, S. Mazzoleni, M. Allegrezza, Fairy rings caused by a killer fungus foster plant diversity in species-rich grassland, Journal of Vegetation Science, Doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2011.01353.x, 2011.
- G. Bonanomi, G. Incerti, M. Capodilupo, S. Mazzoleni, Rare self-facilitation in terrestrial plants as compared to aquatic sessile organisms: empirical evidences and causal mechanisms, Community Ecology 11(2) 148-159, 2010.
- Bonanomi G., Rietkerk M., Dekker S., Mazzoleni S. 2008. Islands of fertility induce negative and positive plant-soil feedbacks promoting coexistence. Plant Ecology 197: 207-218
- Mazzoleni, S. Bonanomi, G., Giannino, F., Rietkerk, M., Dekker, Zucconi, F. 2007. Is plant biodiversity driven by decomposition processes? An emerging new theory on plant diversity. Community Ecology 8: 103-109
- Bonanomi G., Caporaso S., Allegrezza, M. 2006. Short term effect of nitrogen enrichment, litter removal and cutting on a Mediterranean grassland. Acta Oecologica 30:419-425
- Bonanomi G., Mazzoleni S. 2005. Soil history affects plant growth and competitive ability in herbaceous species. Community Ecology 6(1): 23-28
- Bonanomi G., Giannino F., Mazzoleni S. 2005. Negative plant-soil feedback and species coexistence. Oikos 111:311-321
- Bonanomi G., Rietkerk M., Dekker S., Mazzoleni S. 2005. Negative plant-soil feedback and positive interaction in herbaceous plant community. Plant Ecology 181:269-278
Permanent staff Giuliano Bonanomi (AGR/12), Francesco Giannino (MAT/08), Stefano Mazzoleni (BIO/03)
Temporary or external staff Dott. Guido Incerti (assegnista di ricerca) UNINA, Dott. Fabrizio Carteni (assegnista di ricerca) UNINA, Dr Max Rietkerk,Utrecht University
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