The effects of productivity, herbivory, and plant species turnover in grassland food webs

@inproceedings{Chase2000TheEO,
  title={The effects of productivity, herbivory, and plant species turnover in grassland food webs},
  author={Jonathan M Chase and Mathew A Leibold and Amy L. Downing and Jonathan B Shurin},
  year={2000}
}
In order to evaluate the patterns and processes of food web structure in grasslands, we compiled data from published studies on the relationship between precipitation (which is a predictor of primary productivity in grasslands), plant and herbivore standing crop biomass, and the results of large-herbivore exclosure experiments on plant abundance and composition. Three informative patterns emerged: (1) both producer and herbivore biomass increase across a natural precipitation gradient; (2) the… CONTINUE READING

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