publication . Article . 2013

Simulated browsing affects leaf shedding phenology and litter quality of oak and birch saplings

Sara Palacio; Alison J. Hester; Melchor Maestro; P. Millard;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Heron Publishing
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
Herbivore effects on leaf litter can have a strong impact on ecosystem nutrient cycling. Although such effects are well described for insect herbivory, research on the impacts of browsing by mammalian herbivores on leaf litter dynamics and nutrient cycling has been more limited, particularly at the level of the individual plant. Clipping treatments (66% shoot removal twice, plus unclipped) were applied to analyse the effect of browsing on the phenology (start date and pattern of leaf shedding) and leaf litter quality (nitrogen (N), soluble sugars, starch and total non-structural carbohydrate concentrations, plus C: N ratios) of Betula pubescens Ehrh. and Quercus...
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free text keywords: Plant Science, Physiology, Litter, Forestry, Java, computer.programming_language, computer, Ecology, Environmental research, Geography, Phenology
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