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Vertebrate Herbivory and Its Ecosystem Consequences
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 2009Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Herbivory is a process where animals obtain energy and nutrients from vegetative plant parts (leaves, stems, etc.). Herbivory is called grazing, browsing or folivory, depending on the size of the herbivore and the type of plant tissue consumed. The consumption is actually performed by microbes in the digestive system. The role of the animal is to prepare the material and to provide a good environment for the microbes. This requires specializations, making herbivores a distinct animal group. This article focuses on consequences of herbivory by vertebrates. Vertebrate herbivory can change forests to heathlands or grasslands and influence the composition and species richness of the herbaceous vegetation.

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Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 2009.
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competition, consumption, plants, species richness, vegetation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39618DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003283ISBN: 9780470015902 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-39618DiVA: diva2:394423
Available from: 2011-02-02 Created: 2011-02-02 Last updated: 2017-01-20Bibliographically approved

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