Growth, biomass allocation and tissue nutrient concentrations of subtropical and tropical tree seedlings in response to experimental manipulation of soil phosphorus pools

  • David Burslem (Contributor)
  • X. Liu (Sun Yat Sen Univ, Sun Yat Sen University, State Key Lab Optoelect Mat & Technol) (Creator)
  • D. Johnson (Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.) (Creator)
  • A. Taylor (The James Hutton Institute) (Creator)
  • Jo Taylor (Creator)
  • Thorunn Helgason (Creator)
  • Y. Chen (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.) (Creator)
  • M. Liang (Creator)
  • NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre (Contributor)



This dataset reports metrics of plant growth, including height, total biomass and the biomass of component plant parts, and percentage root colonisation by mycorrhizas, for tree seedlings of eight tropical and seven subtropical growing in pots of soil that had been amended by addition of various sources of phosphorus (inorganic phosphate, adenosine monophosphate, phytic, or a mixture of all three) plus an unfertilized control treatment with no P additions. The aim of the experiment was to test the hypothesis that seedlings of species that associate with different types of root-inhabiting mycorrhizal fungi would respond differently to the range of P sources applied in the experiment. The experiments were conducted as part of a NERC Discovery Science project with the title Explaining niche separation in tropical forests: feedbacks from root-fungal symbioses and soil phosphorus partitioning led by Professor David Burslem (University of Aberdeen) reference NE/M004848/1.

External deposit with UK CEH Environmental Information Data Centre.
Date made available30 Sept 2019
PublisherNERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Geospatial polygon5.0, 117.57, 23.27, 111.53

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