Embracing Variability in the Application of Plant–Soil Interactions to the Restoration of Communities and Ecosystems

Eviner, V.T. and C.V. Hawkes

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Plant–soil interactions are the foundation of effective and sustained restoration of terrestrial communities and ecosystems. Recent advances in ecological science have greatly contributed to our understanding of the effects of soil conditions on plant community dynamics and our understanding of plant composition impacts on almost every aspect of soil structure and function. Although these theories provide important guidelines for the practice of restoration, they often fall short of providing the level of information required to make effective site- specific management decisions. This is largely because of ecology’s search for simple unifying theories and the resulting tendency to generalize from studies at one or only a few sites.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Restoration Ecology