Effects of kangaroo rat exclusion on vegetation structure and plant species diversity in the Chihuahuan Desert

@article{Heske1993EffectsOK,
  title={Effects of kangaroo rat exclusion on vegetation structure and plant species diversity in the Chihuahuan Desert},
  author={Edward J. Heske and James H. Brown and Qinfeng Guo},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1993},
  volume={95},
  pages={520-524}
}
Long-term (1977–90) experimental exclusion of three species of kangaroo rats from study plots in the Chihuahuan Desert resulted in significant increases in abundance of a tall annual grass (Aristida adscensionis) and a perennial bunch grass (Eragrostis lehmanniana). This change in the vegetative cover affected use of these plots by several other rodent species and by foraging birds. The mechanism producing this change probably involves a combination of decreased soil disturbance and reduced… CONTINUE READING

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