Optimal foraging and community structure: The allometry of herbivore food selection and competition

@article{Belovsky2004OptimalFA,
  title={Optimal foraging and community structure: The allometry of herbivore food selection and competition},
  author={G. Belovsky},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={641-672}
}
I address the selection of plants with different characteristics by herbivores of different body sizes by incorporating allometric relationships for herbivore foraging into optimal foraging models developed for herbivores. Herbivores may use two criteria in maximizing their nutritional intake when confronted with a range of food resources: a minimum digestibility and a minimum cropping rate. Minimum digestibility should depend on plant chemical characteristics and minimum cropping rate should… Expand

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