High white-tailed deer densities benefit graminoids and contribute to biotic homogenization of forest ground-layer vegetation

@article{Rooney2008HighWD,
  title={High white-tailed deer densities benefit graminoids and contribute to biotic homogenization of forest ground-layer vegetation},
  author={Thomas P. Rooney},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={202},
  pages={103-111}
}
Biotic homogenization, with its emphasis on invasions, extinctions, and convergence in taxonomic similarity, provides an important framework for investigating changes in biodiversity across scales. [...] Key Method I report the effects of 16 years of deer exclusion in a hemlock-northern hardwood stand in N Wisconsin using a block design. Species composition showed greater convergence in control plots than exclosure plots, indicating deer can drive biotic homogenization at the stand level. Total percent cover is…Expand

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