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Grazing decouples the plant-soil microbe linkage in fragile grasslands
Plant-soil microbe linkage is theoretically positive, but rarely observed in natural ecosystems. We hypothesized that animal grazing decouples this linkage, for plant removal usually decreases plant influences on soil microbiota. We tested the hypothesis by exploring plant and soil microbial diversity in grazed versus non-grazed grasslands along a gradient of plant diversity. Grazing slightly decreased the diversity of plants and soil microbes in high-diversity sites, but increased them indoi:10.22541/au.164864585.59566913/v1 fatcat:uqiaofsnyzgdbfvjb2kalliq2a