Fear of Predators in Grasshoppers Slows Plant Decay in Ecosystem

stressed-grasshopper

The fear of predators in an ecosystem can have a vast impact on soil ecology, simply due to the stress they put upon their prey. Dror Hawlena, ecologist at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his colleagues, showed that when stressed grasshoppers died, they impact their environment by the chemical differences in their bodies, affecting how the surrounding dead plant material is broken down by soil microbes.

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