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Foliar Nutritional Quality Explains Patchy Browsing Damage Caused by an Invasive Mammal

Windley, Hannah R; Barron, Mandy C; Holland, E Penelope; Starrs, Danswell; Ruscoe, Wendy A; Foley, William J

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Introduced herbivores frequently inflict significant, yet patchy damage on native ecosystems through selective browsing. However, there are few instances where the underlying cause of this patchy damage has been revealed. We aimed to determine if the nutritional quality of foliage could predict the browsing preferences of an invasive mammalian herbivore, the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), in a temperate forest in New Zealand. We quantified the spatial and temporal variation in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-05-12
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/111580
Source: PloS one
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155216

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