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Severin David Howard Irl, Manuel Jonas Steinbauer, Wolfgang Babel, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Gesche Blume-Werry, Jana Messinger, Ángel Palomares Martínez, Stefan Strohmeier and Anke Jentsch An 11-yr exclosure experiment in a high-elevation island ecosystem: introduced herbivore impact on shrub species richness, seedling recruitment and population dynamics Journal of Vegetation Science 23

Article first published online: 17 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01425.x

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We use an 11-yr exclosure experiment to estimate the effect of introduced herbivores on species richness, seedling recruitment and population dynamics of four shrub species endemic to the sub-alpine zone of La Palma, Canary Islands. Adenocarpus viscosus ssp. spartioides forms almost mono-dominate stands, although other shrub species are potentially present under herbivore exclusion and seem better adapted to the harsh high-elevation conditions.

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