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J. Laborde and K. Thompson Colonization of limestone grasslands by woody plants: the role of seed limitation and herbivory by vertebrates Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01463.x

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In a factorial field experiment in limestone grassland, we found that grazing by vertebrates exerts a dual control on scrub invasion. Livestock maintains a dense, compact turf that interferes with the seed germination and seedling growth of woody plants. Grazing also gives rise to differential survival of woody species as a function of their ability to resist browsing.

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