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Felipe Lezama, Santiago Baeza, Alice Altesor, Ariela Cesa, Enrique J. Chaneton and José M. Paruelo Variation of grazing-induced vegetation changes across a large-scale productivity gradient Journal of Vegetation Science 25

Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12053

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In this study we analyzed grazing-induced vegetation changes by comparing 21 grazed- ungrazed pairs across steppes and grasslands of South America. Our results support the hypothesis that grazing impacts on vegetation structure increase with habitat productivity. We found that the magnitude of grazing-related differences in species composition, species richness and β diversity, all increased over a ten-fold productivity gradient.

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