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Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are important limiting nutrients for plant production and consumer performance in a variety of ecosystems. As a result, the N:P stoichiometry of herbivores has received

Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are important limiting nutrients for plant production and consumer performance in a variety of ecosystems. As a result, the N:P stoichiometry of herbivores has received increased attention in ecology. However, the mechanisms by which herbivores maintain N:P stoichiometric homeostasis are poorly understood. Here, using a field manipulation experiment we show that the grasshopper Oedaleus asiaticus maintains strong N:P stoichiometric homeostasis regardless of whether grasshoppers were reared at low or high density.

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    • 2014-08-04
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103697
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      1939-1560

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    Zhang, Z., Elser, J. J., Cease, A. J., Zhang, X., Yu, Q., Han, X., & Zhang, G. (2014). Grasshoppers Regulate N:P Stoichiometric Homeostasis by Changing Phosphorus Contents in Their Frass. PLoS ONE, 9(8). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103697

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