Tree allometries reflect a lifetime of herbivory in an African savanna.

@article{Moncrieff2011TreeAR,
  title={Tree allometries reflect a lifetime of herbivory in an African savanna.},
  author={Glenn R Moncrieff and Simon Chamaill{\'e}-Jammes and Steven Ian Higgins and Robert B O'Hara and William J Bond},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2011},
  volume={92 12},
  pages={2310-5}
}
Theories of plant allometry provide a general description of allometric scaling that is supposedly applicable across a wide array of environmental conditions. Scaling theories, however, ignore disturbances such as herbivory in their derivation. Here we examine the influence of herbivores on the scaling of height and diameter of two common African savanna tree species. Using Bayesian piecewise regressions, we show that herbivores modify tree allometry. We also show that the pattern of allometric… CONTINUE READING
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