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Large predators limit herbivore densities in northern forest ecosystems

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2012

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Ripple, William J., and Beschta, Robert L., 2012, Large predators limit herbivore densities in northern forest ecosystems: European Journal of Wildlife Research, v. 58, no. 4, p. 733-742.

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There is a lack of scientific consensus about how top-down and bottom-up forces interact to structure terrestrial ecosystems. This is especially true for systems with large carnivore and herbivore species where the effects of predation versus food limitation on herbivores are controversial. Uncertainty exists whether top-down forces driven by large carnivores are common, and if so, how their influences vary with predator guild composition and primary productivity. Based on data and information in 42 published studies from over a 50-year time span, we analyzed the composition of large predator guilds and prey densities across a productivity gradient in boreal and temperate forests of North America and Eurasia. We found that predation [...]

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.1007/s10344-012-0623-5
ISSN http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 1612-4642

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