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Competition for nutrients between Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull and Molinia caerulea (L.) Moench

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A combination of a removal and fertilization experiment in the field and a replacement experiment in containers in a cold frame was carried out to investigate the role of nutrient supply in the interactions between Calluna vulgaris and Molinia caerulea. It is concluded that the growth of Calluna as well as that of Molinia increased with increasing nutrient availability. However, the increase in biomass of Molinia was much larger than that of Calluna. It is also concluded that increased nutrient availability favours the competitive vigour of Molinia in interaction with Calluna.

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Heil, G.W., Bruggink, M. Competition for nutrients between Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull and Molinia caerulea (L.) Moench. Oecologia 73, 105–107 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00376984

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Key words

  • Competition
  • Nutrients
  • Heathland
  • Calluna vulgaris
  • Molinia caerulea