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}
}
  • T. Rooney
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Plant Ecology
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