The trophic effects of shrubs in arid and semi-arid systems to inform restoration and management

Principal Investigators:

Christopher J. Lortie

Positive plant interactions are important to diversity and productivity in drylands including many grasslands. The consequences of plant facilitation are however generally restricted to single trophic-level effects, i.e. to plant-plant interactions, and not to pollinators, arthropods, or animals. Plant interaction impacts on seedbanks are often overlooked and can be a critical factor in determining community resilience. Direct interactions are also predominantly examined. These research gaps can expand community theory and inform restoration.... more

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Journal Article Lortie, Christopher J.; Gruber, Eva; Filazzola, Alessandro; Noble, Taylor; Westphal, Michael. 2017. The Groot Effect: Plant facilitation and desert shrub regrowth following extensive damage. Ecology and Evolution. (Abstract) (Online version)
"The trophic effects of shrubs in arid and semi-arid systems to inform restoration and management" is project ID: 12725