The Logic and Realism of the Hypothesis of Exploitation Ecosystems

@article{Oksanen2000TheLA,
  title={The Logic and Realism of the Hypothesis of Exploitation Ecosystems},
  author={Lauri Oksanen and Tarja Oksanen},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2000},
  volume={155},
  pages={703 - 723}
}
Hypotheses on trophic dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems fall into two major categories: those in which plants are assumed to be invulnerable to their consumers and those in which the build‐up of plant biomass is assumed to require top‐down control of folivores. The hypothesis of exploitation ecosystems (EEH) belongs to the latter category and focuses particularly on the consequences of the high energetic costs of maintenance of endotherms. Carnivorous endotherms require relatively high prey… Expand
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