An Experimental Study of Competition Between Seed-eating Desert Rodents and Ants

@inproceedings{Brown1979AnES,
  title={An Experimental Study of Competition Between Seed-eating Desert Rodents and Ants},
  author={James H Brown and D. Davidson and Omer James Reichman},
  year={1979}
}
Reciprocal increases in rodent and ant densities on 0.1 ha plots from which the other taxon had been excluded demonstrate that these distantly related desert granivores compete for seeds. Relative to unmanipulated control plots, numbers of ant colonies increased 71% on plots where rodents were excluded; rodents increased 20% in numbers of individuals and 29% in biomass in the absence of ants. Comparisons of seed levels in the soil and of annual plant densities on experimental and control plots… CONTINUE READING

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