Fire and mice: seed predation moderates fire's influence on conifer recruitment.

  title={Fire and mice: seed predation moderates fire's influence on conifer recruitment.},
  author={Rafał Zwolak and Dean E Pearson and Yvette Katina Ortega and Elizabeth E. Crone},
  volume={91 4},
In fire-adapted ecosystems, fire is presumed to be the dominant ecological force, and little is known about how consumer interactions influence forest regeneration. Here, we investigated seed predation by deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) and its effects on recruitment of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) seedlings in unburned and recently burned fire-adapted montane forests in west-central Montana, USA. Deer mice were almost twice as abundant in burned… CONTINUE READING
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