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Evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map protocol

Evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map protocol


Title: Evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map protocol
Author: Soininen, E.M.
Barrio, Isabel C   orcid.org/0000-0002-8120-5248
Jepsen, J.U.
Ehrich, D.
Ravolainen, V.T.
Speed, J.D.M.
Date: 2018-09-27
Language: English
Scope: 23
University/Institute: Landbúnaðarháskóli Íslands
Agricultural University of Iceland
Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Department: Auðlinda- og umhverfisdeild (LBHÍ)
Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (AUI)
Líf- og umhverfisvísindastofnun (HÍ)
Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences (UI)
Series: Environmental Evidence;7(1)
ISSN: 2047-2382
DOI: 10.1186/s13750-018-0135-1
Subject: Plant-herbivore interaction; Tundra; Grazing; Beitilönd; Graslendi
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1262

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Soininen, E. M., Barrio, I., Jepsen, J. U., Ehrich, D., Ravolainen, V. T., & Speed, J. D. M. (2018). Evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence, 7(1), 23.

Abstract:

Along with climate change, herbivory is considered a main driver of ecosystem change in terrestrial Arctic environments. Understanding how herbivory influences the resilience of Arctic ecosystems to ongoing environmental changes is essential to inform policy and guide sustainable management practices. However, many studies indicate that the effects of herbivores on plants and ecosystem functioning depend on the abiotic and biotic conditions where the interaction takes place, i.e. the ecological context. Yet, the range of ecological contexts in which herbivory has been studied in the Arctic has not been systematically assessed. A lack of such evaluation prevents understanding the robustness and generalizability of our knowledge of Arctic herbivore effects on vegetation and ecosystems. The main objective of our systematic map is to identify the ecological contexts where herbivory is studied in the Arctic. Hence, this systematic map will enable us to assess our ability to make generalizable and robust conclusions regarding the impacts of Arctic herbivory.

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