Articles | Volume 23, issue 1
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13 Jan 2023
Standard article |  | 13 Jan 2023

Plant clustering generates negative plant–soil feedback without changing the spatial distribution of soil fauna

Peihua Zhang, Dries Bonte, Gerlinde De Deyn, and Martijn L. Vandegehuchte

Data sets

ZPHSOIL/DATA-CODE-for-WEB-ECOLOGY: The data and code for the publication of data and code used in WEB ECOLOGY (v1.0.0) ZPHSOIL

Short summary
The dispersal of soil nematodes was not affected by plant spatial configurations, which mostly varied according to their life-history strategy. However, creeping bentgrass grown in a more clustered spatial configuration developed a larger aboveground biomass, which was coupled with a reduction in biomass of subsequently grown ryegrass and plantain. The negative plant–soil feedback may be attributed to the depleted soil nutrients by the stimulated plant growth due to plant–nematode interactions.