Acceleration of Exotic Plant Invasion in a Forested Ecosystem by a Generalist Herbivore

  title={Acceleration of Exotic Plant Invasion in a Forested Ecosystem by a Generalist Herbivore},
  author={Anne K. Eschtruth and John J. Battles},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Abstract:  The successful invasion of exotic plants is often attributed to the absence of coevolved enemies in the introduced range (i.e., the enemy release hypothesis). Nevertheless, several components of this hypothesis, including the role of generalist herbivores, remain relatively unexplored. We used repeated censuses of exclosures and paired controls to investigate the role of a generalist herbivore, white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), in the invasion of 3 exotic plant species… 

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