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Grasses, Grazers, Mutualism and Coevolution: A Comment about Handwaving in Ecology

Nils Chr. Stenseth
Oikos
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Aug., 1983), pp. 152-153
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Nordic Society Oikos
DOI: 10.2307/3544364
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3544364
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Abstract

In this note I discuss the recent suggestion that grasses and grazers are so intimately coevolved, that grasses have a reduced fitness in the absence of grazing, and as a result encourage grazing. The current Oikos debate on this topic is criticized for lack of rigorous arguments and data; essentially, the debate is simply handwaving. Such lack of rigor should be foreign to any mature science.

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