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Chuan Zhao, John N. Griffin, Xinwei Wu and Shucun Sun Predatory beetles facilitate plant growth by driving earthworms to lower soil layers Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12058

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The results of this study show that non-consumptive interactions can completely reverse the sign of cascading species interactions as predicted by traditional theory predicated on consumptive predator-prey interactions. This work adds a completely novel aspect to the highly topical issue of how predators influence plants and ultimately ecosystem functioning in terrestrial ecosystems.

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