Table 4

Above and belowground biomass (means ± standard error) in three communities (EDC, STC and ASC) in autumn
Component Community type
EDC (n= 36) STC (n= 28) ASC (n= 13)
Total AGB (g m–2) 114.01 ± 4.19a 125.02 ± 7.04a 84.99 ± 8.31b
Total live 75.65 ± 3.85ab 92.71 ± 7.00a 60.52 ± 7.77b
Shrubs 71.55 ± 3.95ab 84.63 ± 7.20a 57.06 ± 7.98b
Dominant species 67.26 ± 3.96a 74.54 ± 7.03a 51.93 ± 7.37a
HLV 4.09 ± 0.49a 5.06 ± 0.72a 3.47 ± 0.78a
ALV 3.90 ± 0.49a 4.96 ± 0.73a 0.82 ± 0.26b
PLV 0.19 ± 0.07b 0.10 ± 0.04b 2.65 ± 0.75a
Dead 38.36 ± 1.52a 32.30 ± 1.86b 24.47 ± 2.23c
Total BGB (g m–2) 69.28 ± 3.66a 29.25 ± 1.50b 23.29 ± 3.40b
Total live 64.40 ± 3.62a 24.34 ± 1.75b 22.45 ± 3.47b
Shrubs 63.75 ± 3.62a 23.08 ± 1.74b 21.82 ± 3.52b
Dominant species 61.51 ± 3.62a 13.84 ± 1.30b 16.94 ± 2.41b
HLV 0.66 ± 0.08a 1.26 ± 0.31a 0.63 ± 0.15a
ALV 0.45 ± 0.06a 0.55 ± 0.08a 0.10 ± 0.03b
PLV 0.21 ± 0.06a 0.71 ± 0.31a 0.53 ± 0.14a
Dead 4.87 ± 0.45a 4.91 ± 0.54a 0.84 ± 0.18b
Total biomass (TB) (g m–2) 183.28 ± 7.64a 154.26 ± 8.21b 108.28 ± 11.53c
Total live 140.05 ± 7.44a 117.05 ± 8.56b 82.97 ± 11.00c
Shrubs 135.30 ± 7.55a 107.70 ± 8.75b 78.88 ± 11.29b
Dominant species 128.77 ± 7.59a 88.38 ± 8.33b 68.86 ± 9.78b
HLV 4.75 ± 0.54b 9.35 ± 1.66a 4.09 ± 0.92b
ALV 4.34 ± 0.54a 5.54 ± 0.81a 0.91 ± 0.29b
PLV 0.41 ± 0.11b 3.81 ± 1.56a 3.18 ± 0.90ab
Dead 43.23 ± 1.59a 37.21 ± 1.91b 25.31 ± 2.16c

Different lowercase letters among three communities indicate significant (P < 0.05) differences.

Tao et al.

Tao et al. Botanical Studies 2013 54:59   doi:10.1186/1999-3110-54-59

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