Data from: The activity of dung beetles increases foliar nutrient concentration in tropical seedlingsCarolina Santos-Heredia, Ellen Andresen, Ek Del-Val, Diego A. Zárate, Maribel Nava Mendoza & Víctor J. Jaramillo
Dung beetles are extensively used as a focal taxon in tropical forests. Yet, information for most of their ecological functions comes from other systems. We present results from a field experiment in a tropical rainforest showing that dung beetle activity increases foliar phosphorus concentration in seedlings of the tree Brosimum lactescens. Our results open new lines of research to assess the multiple effects that dung beetles may have on rainforest plants.
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