Effects of harvester ants on plant species distribution and abundance in a serpentine grassland

@article{Brown1997EffectsOH,
  title={Effects of harvester ants on plant species distribution and abundance in a serpentine grassland},
  author={Mark J F Brown and Kathleen G. Human},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1997},
  volume={112},
  pages={237-243}
}
Seed harvesting ants can have important effects on the composition and structure of plant communities. We investigated two effects of Messor andrei, the black seed-harvesting ant, on a serpentine grassland plant community in northern California. First, to determine if selective seed predation by ants affects plant community composition, we excluded harvester ants from 1-mediameter circular plots of grassland. Abundances of all species on these plots and on control plots were measured before and… CONTINUE READING
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