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Beaver herbivory on aquatic plants

Author(s): J. D. Parker, C. C. Caudill and M. E. Hay

Month: Apr
Year: 2007

Journal: Oecologia
Volume: 151
Issue: 4
Pages: 616-625

Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Restoration
Research Setting(s): Wetland

Species Referenced: Saururus cernuus (Lizard's tail),


Evaluates the effects of beaver herbivory on the biomass of aquatic plants, specifically Saururus cernuus. In areas open to beaver grazing, Saururus cernuus comprised less than 5% of plant biomass. In beaver exclusions, Saururus cernuus comprised greater than 50% of plant biomass. Saururus cernuus was 3 times more frequent and 10 times more abundant inside Scirpus cyperinus tussocks than in locations lacking tussocks.

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J. D. Parker, C. C. Caudill and M. E. Hay. "Beaver herbivory on aquatic plants." Oecologia 151.4 (2007): 616-625.

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ISSN: 0029-8549
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-006-0618-6

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