Data from: Effect of insect herbivory on plant community dynamics under contrasting water availability levels

Giovanni Tamburini, Elena Dani, Riccardo Bommarco & Lorenzo Marini
1. Diversity of plant communities is impacted by multiple global change drivers but also by altered biotic interactions with antagonist and mutualist organisms that can potentially affect species coexistence. 2. With a two-year outdoor mesocosm experiment in realistic mesic grassland communities, we explored the role of insect herbivory in impacting plant community dynamics under contrasting levels of water availability simulating altered rainfall regimes. We selected a grasshopper species (Calliptamus italicus) feeding predominantly on forbs while...
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