research product . Other ORP type . 2013

Is competition for soil resources by Carex pensylvanica restricting tree seedling growth in a temperate mixed hardwood forest?

Jackiw, Raeya;
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  • Published: 23 Apr 2013
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
By selectively foraging palatable “browse-preferred” (BP) species and not selecting unpalatable “browse-avoided” (BA) species, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can facilitate an increase in the relative abundance of BA species in temperate forests. This change in community structure can persist after the removal of browsing pressure if BA species competitively suppress the regeneration of BP species. This dynamic is thought to occur in intensively managed northern hardwood forests with high deer densities, where high density BA sedge (Carex pensylvanica) mats may suppress the regeneration of tree seedlings through competition for belowground resources....
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free text keywords: sedge, deer herbivory, tree regeneration, forestry, competition, soil
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