Mechanisms of foraging in mammalian herbivores: new models of functional response.

@article{Spalinger1992MechanismsOF,
  title={Mechanisms of foraging in mammalian herbivores: new models of functional response.},
  author={Donald E. Spalinger and Nicholas T. Hobbs},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={1992},
  volume={140 2},
  pages={325-48}
}
The outcome of many high-order processes in ecology depends on the way in which the abundance and distribution of plants affect the eating rate of mammalian herbivores. However, simple, mechanistic models describing the operation of the functional response of these animals have failed to emerge. We offer new models describing the effects of spatial and morphological characteristics of plants on the intake rate of plant tissue by mammalian herbivores feeding within plant patches. We structure… CONTINUE READING
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