Koziol, L., & Bever, J. D. (2016). The missing link in grassland restoration: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculation increases plant diversity and accelerates succession. J. Appl. Ecol.54, 1301-1309

Koziol, L., & Bever, J. D. (2016). The missing link in grassland restoration: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculation increases plant diversity and accelerates succession. J. Appl. Ecol.54, 1301-1309

Aim: 
(i) Do early or late successional plants respond differently to AM fungal species? (ii) Is plant community richness, diversity or seed recruitment influenced amendment with AM fungal species? (iii) Does a diverse mixture of AM fungal species affect plant response differently than inoculation with single species of AM fungi? 
Type of Study: 
Manipulative experiment
Key Results: 
Reintroduction of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from reference prairie environments could improve restoration outcomes by promoting plant diversity and richness, especially for desirable later successional plant species, while simultaneously inhibiting less desirable weedy plants.
Treatments: 
Five fungal treatments, inoculated vs non-inoculated, plant successional stage
Response: 
Reintroduction of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from reference prairie environments could improve restoration outcomes by promoting plant diversity and richness, especially for desirable later successional plant species, while simultaneously inhibiting less desirable weedy plants.
Models: 
General linear model,
Comments: 
NA
Locations: 
North America
Response variable : 
Plant survival, number of leaves, plant height (cm), fungal inoculum, plant richness, diversity and abundance.
Replication: 
5 or 6
Ecosystem: 
Temperate grassland
Full Reference: 
Koziol, L., & Bever, J. D. (2016). The missing link in grassland restoration: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculation increases plant diversity and accelerates succession. J. Appl. Ecol.54, 1301-1309