Plant elemental composition is of fundamental importance for plant growth and metabolic functions. However, knowledge of how multi-elemental stoichiometry responds to varying nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) availabilities remains limited. Yan et al. conducted experimental manipulations with nine repeat experiments to investigate the effects of N and P supply on the concentrations and variability of six elements, carbon (C), N, P, potassium (K), calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg), in leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana.
N and P supplies exerted differential influences on the concentrations of C, N, P, K, Ca and Mg in green leaves. The specific C content should be considered when assessing C cycling under global nutrient changes. Stage-dependent patterns of leaf stoichiometric homeostasis differed among elements with various chemical characteristics. These findings can help to improve our understanding of plant eco-physiological responses and acclimation under global nutrient changes from the stoichiometric perspective of multiple elements.