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Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation
ESI NOTE2017-07-19;Highly Cited Papers
2014-04-24
Source PublicationNATURE
ISSN0028-0836
Volume508Issue:7497Pages:517-+
AbstractHuman alterations to nutrient cycles(1,2) and herbivore communities(3-7) are affecting global biodiversity dramatically(2). Ecological theory predicts these changes should be strongly counteractive: nutrient addition drives plant species loss through intensified competition for light, whereas herbivores prevent competitive exclusion by increasing ground-level light, particularly in productive systems(8,9). Here we use experimental data spanning a globally relevant range of conditions to test the hypothesis that herbaceous plant species losses caused by eutrophication may be offset by increased light availability due to herbivory. This experiment, replicated in 40 grasslands on 6 continents, demonstrates that nutrients and herbivores can serve as counteracting forces to control local plant diversity through light limitation, independent of site productivity, soil nitrogen, herbivore type and climate. Nutrient addition consistently reduced local diversity through light limitation, and herbivory rescued diversity at sites where it alleviated light limitation. Thus, species loss from anthropogenic eutrophication can be ameliorated in grasslands where herbivory increases ground-level light.
Subject AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
PublisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
DOI10.1038/nature13144
Publication PlaceLONDON
Indexed BySCIE ; PubMed ; MEDLINE ; ESI
Language英语
First Inst
Funding Project美国国家科学基金会项目
Project NumberNSF Research Coordination Network [NSF-DEB-1042132] ; NSF Long Term Ecological Research program [NSF-DEB-1234162] ; UMN Institute on the Environment [DG-0001-13]
WOS IDWOS:000334741600035
Funding OrganizationUS NSF
SubtypeArticle
PMID 24670649
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[Borer, Elizabeth T.;
Seabloom, Eric W.;
Lind, Eric M.;
Hautier, Yann;
Wragg, Peter D.] Univ Minnesota, Dept Ecol Evolut & Behav, St Paul, MN 55108 USA;
[Gruner, Daniel S.] Univ Maryland, Dept Entomol, College Pk, MD 20742 USA;
[Harpole, W. Stanley;
Biederman, Lori;
Li, Wei;
Mortensen, Brent...更多
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttps://ir.lzu.edu.cn/handle/262010/115444
Collection生命科学学院
Corresponding AuthorBorer, ET (reprint author), Univ Minnesota, Dept Ecol Evolut & Behav, St Paul, MN 55108 USA.
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Borer, ET,Seabloom, EW,Gruner, DS,et al. Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation[J]. NATURE,2014,508(7497):517-+.
APA Borer, ET.,Seabloom, EW.,Gruner, DS.,Harpole, WS.,Hillebrand, H.,...&Borer, ET .(2014).Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation.NATURE,508(7497),517-+.
MLA Borer, ET,et al."Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation".NATURE 508.7497(2014):517-+.
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