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Competition between two grass species with and without grazing over a productivity gradient

Competition between two grass species with and without grazing over a productivity gradient

Plant Ecology 179(2): 237-246

Soil nutrient-level and herbivory are predicted to have opposing effects on the allocation pattern of the competitive dominant plant species. Lower stem and higher leaf allocation are favoured when plants are grazed, whereas a higher stem allocation is favoured at high nutrient levels. Grazing by hares and geese can prevent invasion of the tall Elymus athericus, into short vegetation of Festuca rubra, at unproductive stages of salt-marsh succession but not at more productive stages.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11258-005-0199-1

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