Plant and Soil

, Volume 365, Issue 1–2, pp 35–40 | Cite as

A new tool of the trade: plant-trait based approaches in microbial ecology

  • Jeff R. Powell
  • Ian C. Anderson
  • Matthias C. Rillig


Causality Ecophysiological approaches Ecosystem services Environmental microbiology Functional diversity Functional traits Multifunctionality 



Two reviewers provided helpful suggestions that improved the manuscript. ICA acknowledges funding for a collaboration fellowship from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We thank the authors of the two papers that formed the basis for this commentary for stimulating the ideas and Żubrówka for facilitating the discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff R. Powell
    • 1
  • Ian C. Anderson
    • 1
  • Matthias C. Rillig
    • 2
  1. 1.Hawkesbury Institute for the EnvironmentUniversity of Western SydneyRichmondAustralia
  2. 2.Institut für BiologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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