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Nonconsumptive effects of a generalist ungulate herbivore drive decline of unpalatable forest herbs

Author(s): C. D. Heckel, N. A. Bourg, W. J. McShea and S. Kalisz

Month: Feb
Year: 2010

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Ecology
Volume: 91
Issue: 2
Pages: 319-326

Article Topic(s): Disturbance
Research Setting(s): Forest

Species Referenced: Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the pulpit),

Abstract

Evaluates the effects of deer herbivory on understory species, include Arisaema triphyllum. This species was considered to be unpalatable to deer and hypothesized to increase based on reductions in co-occurring palatable species. However, in areas subjected deer browse, A. triphyllum plants were smaller and sex ratios became more male-biased. One potential mechanism is that soil quality and leaf litter depth are lower in areas where deer are browsing.

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C. D. Heckel, N. A. Bourg, W. J. McShea and S. Kalisz. "Nonconsumptive effects of a generalist ungulate herbivore drive decline of unpalatable forest herbs." Ecology 91.2 (2010): 319-326.

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ISSN: 0012-9658
DOI: 10.1890/09-0628.1

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