Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Reviews and syntheses
 | Highlight paper
17 Feb 2021
Reviews and syntheses | Highlight paper |  | 17 Feb 2021

Reviews and syntheses: Impacts of plant-silica–herbivore interactions on terrestrial biogeochemical cycling

Bernice C. Hwang and Daniel B. Metcalfe

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Despite growing recognition of herbivores as important ecosystem engineers, many major gaps remain in our understanding of how silicon and herbivory interact to shape biogeochemical processes. We highlight the need for more research particularly in natural settings as well as on the potential effects of herbivory on terrestrial silicon cycling to understand potentially critical animal–plant–soil feedbacks.
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