Impact of Herbivory on Plant Standing Crop: Comparisons Among Biomes, Between Vascular and Nonvascular Plants, and Among Freshwater Herbivore Taxa

  • David M. Lodge
  • Greg Cronin
  • Ellen van Donk
  • Adrienne J. Froelich
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 131)


Two contradictory traditions exist regarding the impact of herbivores on the ecology and evolution of plants. For ecologists studying terrestrial ecosystems, the interaction between plants and their consumers has been a focal point for research in recent decades. Herbivores are widely regarded as an important determinant of plant abundance and species composition and as an important selective force in the evolution of terrestrial plant traits (Rhoades, 1985; Herms, and Mattson, 1992; Rosenthal and Berenbaum, 1992). Similarly, the abundance of many marine plants is often reduced by herbivores, and many seaweed traits are thought to have evolved in response to herbivory (Lubchenco and Gaines, 1981; Gaines and Lubchenco, 1982; Estes and Steinberg, 1988; Hay, 1991). By contrast, for decades the paradigm in limnology has been that live freshwater macrophytes are too tough for the mouthparts of aquatic herbivores, are of low nutritional quality, and are rarely consumed by herbivores (Lodge, 1991; Newman, 1991).


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