Trends in Ecology & Evolution
In both agricultural and natural systems, researchers have demonstrated large effects of plant-soil feedback (PSF) on plant growth. However, the concepts and approaches used in these two types of systems have developed, for the most part, independently. Here, we present a conceptual framework that integrates knowledge and approaches from these two contrasting systems. We use this integrated framework to demonstrate how (1) knowledge from complex natural systems can be used to increase agricultural resource-use efficiency and productivity and (2) research in agricultural systems can be used to test hypotheses and approaches developed in natural systems. Using this framework, we discuss avenues for new research towards an ecologically sustainable and climate-smart future.
Mariotte, Pierre; Mehrabi, Zia; Bezemer, T. Martijn; De Deyn, Gerlinde B.; Kulmatiski, Andrew; Drigo, Barbara; Veen, G.F. Ciska; Van der Heijden, Marcel G.A.; and Kardol, Paul, "Plant–Soil Feedback: Bridging Natural and Agricultural Sciences" (2017). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 2629.