Interactions among unrelated species: Granivorous rodents, a parasitic fungus, and a shared prey species

Abstract

Granivorous rodents and a parasitic fungus in the Sonoran Desert utilize a common prey species, Erodium cicutarium, a desert annual plant. Experimental removal of rodents from field exclosures resulted in significantly higher densities of E. cicutarium. Fungal infection was significantly higher in the absence of rodents, suggesting that, while they do not… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00347611

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