Plant herbivore interactions: Combined effect of ground water level, root vole grazing and sedge silicification

Zbigniew Borowski, Karol Zub, Marcin Sulwiński, Małgorzata Suska-Malawska & Marek Konarzewski
1. Accumulation of silica (Si) by plants can driven by (1) herbivore pressure (and therefore, plant-herbivore interactions) (2) geo-hydrological cycles or (3) a combination of (1) and (2), with (1-3) possibly affecting Si concentration with a 1-year delay. 2. To identify the relative significance of (1-3) we analysed the concentration of Si in fibrous tussock sedge (Carex appropinquata), the population density of the root vole (Microtus oeconomus) and the ground water level, over 11 years....
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