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Table 5 Pearson correlation coefficients between soil variables and species richness components and biomass components across three communities: *indicates significant correlation ( P< 0.05); **indicates greatly significant correlation ( P< 0.01); n= 77

From: Similarity and difference in vegetation structure of three desert shrub communities under the same temperate climate but with different microhabitats

Component SOM TN TP TK AN pH EC IBL
Richness         
HSV 0.169 0.200 0.135 0.272* 0.261* -0.343** 0.280* 0.169
ALV -0.070 -0.010 0.123 0.135 0.096 -0.124 0.089 0.031
Total species in spring 0.087 0.119 0.179 0.249* 0.209 -0.269* 0.194 0.143
Total species in summer 0.007 0.071 0.207 0.189 0.218 -0.265* 0.184 0.090
Total species in autumn -0.200 -0.172 0.083 0.112 0.039 -0.004 -0.112 -0.077
Biomass         
Total live and dead (TB) 0.393** 0.341** -0.160 0.328** 0.024 -0.221 0.284* 0.341**
Total live of total species 0.311** 0.255* -0.165 0.265* -0.040 -0.141 0.212 0.251*
Total live of HSV 0.400** 0.412** 0.086 0.283* 0.310** -0.384** 0.408** 0.487**
Total live of ALV 0.330** 0.367** -0.016 0.117 0.284* -0.321** 0.431** 0.365**
AGB of total species 0.204 0.236* 0.007 -0.020 -0.060 -0.104 0.094 0.110
BGB of total species 0.325** 0.185 -0.311** 0.509** -0.001 -0.133 0.276* 0.329**
Total dead 0.423** 0.403** -0.044 0.325** 0.239* -0.328** 0.325** 0.414**