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Hamish S. Greig, Scott A. Wissinger and Angus R. McIntosh Top-down control of prey increases with drying disturbance in ponds: a consequence of non-consumptive interactions? Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Article first published online: 12 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12042

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Here it is shown that non-consumptive interactions in the diverse predator guilds of physically benign habitats reduce predation rates, resulting in an unexpected increase in top-down control with increasing disturbance. Therefore, considering changes in food-web complexity, especially the non-consumptive effects of top predators, is essential to understand species interactions across environmental gradients.

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