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A community of wildflowers growing in a restored prairie in southwestern Wisconsin.

A community of wildflowers growing in a restored prairie in southwestern Wisconsin. The community pictured was open to foraging by meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus), resulting in vegetation dominated by species that voles typically do not consume, particularly black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia subtomentosa). In contrast, experimental plots that excluded voles were dominated by plant species that voles typically consume. Thus, small mammals can significantly impact species composition within certain plant communities. This photograph originally appeared on the cover of Ecological Applications (14:5) in October of 2004.
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Keywords flower, wildflower, prairie, vole, restoration, restored, herbivory, small mammal, community
Key taxa black-eyed Susans, Rudbeckia subtomentosa
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Pedagogical Use Description This photograph could be used to illustrate a restored prairie, wildflowers, or an example of how small mammals can impact plant communities.
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Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

Biology Program, Wilkes University
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Submitter Name Ken Klemow
Rights Copyright 2004 by the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2008-04-09

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