A method for determining the onset year of intense browsing

Journal of Range Management
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McAuliffe studied the factors limiting seedling establishment of a common Sonoran Desert tree, Cercidium microphyllum, at three sites in bajada habitat in Arizona and Mexico. Distribution patterns of Cercidium seedlings in both habitats were random when seedlings emerged, however, seedling distribution in bajadas quickly became non-random and associated with other perennial plants. Seedlings closely associated with (rooted under) shrubby perennial vegetation survived because they had some protective cover and were not grazed by rabbits, however, future survival of these seedlings may be reduced due to competition with the protective plants. The authors concluded that herbivory was the main factor limiting the establishment of Cercidium microphyllum seedlings in the bajada habitats in the Sonoran desert.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A method for determining the onset year of intense browsing
Series title Journal of Range Management
DOI 10.2307/4003878
Volume 56
Issue 1
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher Society for Range Management
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 33
Last page 38
Country United States
State Montana
Other Geospatial Mount Haggin Wildlife Managment Area
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