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Hui Zhu, Deli Wang, Ling Wang, Yuguang Bai, Jian Fang and Jun Liu The effects of large herbivore grazing on meadow steppe plant and insect diversity Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 24 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02195.x

Grazing by large herbivores may reverse the positive relationship between plant diversity and insect diversity by modifying plant structural heterogeneity. Therefore, the spatial heterogeneity of vegetation structure should be given more attention in future work on plant–insect interactions. This study further highlights the importance of using large herbivore grazing in management actions, not only to maintain diversity but also to mediate trophic interactions in grasslands.

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