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N.A. Laskurain, A. Aldezabal, J.M. Olano, J. Loidi and A. Escudero Intensification of domestic ungulate grazing delays secondary forest succession: evidence from exclosure plots Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01469.x

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Land abandonment is leading to secondary succession in large areas of Europe. Simultaneously, herbivore pressure is increasing in some places due to sharp changes in management practices. Differential response to herbivory between early and late succesional species may alter forest dynamics. Sheep trampling increases seedling establishment of early successional species, while late successional species are negatively affected by browsing.

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