Herbivores and edaphic factors constrain the realized niche of a native plant.

@article{Lau2008HerbivoresAE,
  title={Herbivores and edaphic factors constrain the realized niche of a native plant.},
  author={Jennifer A. Lau and Andrew C. McCall and K. F. Davies and John K. McKay and Jessica W. Wright},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={89 3},
  pages={754-62}
}
Biotic interactions, such as competition and herbivory, can limit plant species ranges to a subset of edaphically suitable habitats, termed the realized niche. Here we explored the role that herbivores play in restricting the niche of serpentine ecotypes of the native California annual Collinsia sparsiflora. We planted seeds from four populations into a range of natural field environments that varied in the presence/absence of naturally occurring C. sparsiflora and in predicted suitability for… CONTINUE READING
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