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Selective grazing and bioperturbation affect biodiversity of grasslands worldwide. Gramnivore and fossorial small mammals are highly abundant in grasslands around the globe, and may affect alpha and beta biodiversity, standing biomass structure, and ecosystem services of a grassland. In our research facility we investigate interactive effects of grassland succession, impact of Microtus voles, and harvesting regimes on the biodiversity, fodder value, productivity, hydrology and soil parameters of experimental grassland plots.


Wilske B, Eccard JA, Zistl-Schlingmann M, Hohmann M, Methler A, et al. (2015) Effects of Short Term Bioturbation by Common Voles on Biogeochemical Soil Variables. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0126011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0126011