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New analysis argues for intact areas of forest to be given higher priority for conservation

Date
26 July 2017
Abstract

Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception and landscape designs that destroy them also degrade local ecosystem function. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere....

Author(s)
Tallamy, D. W.
Publisher
American Society for Horticultural Science, Alexandria, USA
Citation
HortTechnology, 2017, 27, 4, pp 446-452
Abstract

Mangrove forests provide vital ecosystem services for millions of people living in coastal communities. The expansion of aquaculture production and urbanization have been identified as major causes of mangrove clearance in South-East Asia. The Ca Mau peninsula in Vietnam is leading the country in...

Author(s)
Hauser, L. T.; Giang Nguyen Vu; Binh An Nguyen; Dade, E.; Hieu Minh Nguyen; Trang Thi Quynh Nguyen; Toan Quang Le; Long Huu Vu; Ai Thi Huyen Tong; Hoa Viet Pham
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Geography, 2017, 86, pp 197-207
Abstract

Agriculture is a primary factor underlying world-wide declines in biodiversity. However, different agricultural systems vary in their effects depending on their resemblance to the natural ecosystem, coverage across the landscape, and operational intensity. We combined data from the North American...

Author(s)
Wilson, S.; Mitchell, G. W.; Pasher, J.; McGovern, M.; Hudson, M. A. R.; Fahrig, L.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Indicators, 2017, 83, pp 218-226
Abstract

This paper reviews and discusses the methods and metrics used for the assessment of the ecological status of marine angiosperms comparing the European with the South African situation. In Europe salt marsh and seagrasses are an important biological element for establishing the ecological quality...

Author(s)
Duarte, B.; Neto, J. M.; Marques, J. C.; Adams, J. B.; Caçador, I.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Indicators, 2017, 83, pp 192-200
Abstract

Private land conservation provides an opportunity to address problems of habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss caused by an increase in the development and parcelization of private land. Conservation easements (CEs) are used to protect significant natural qualities of private land. In this...

Author(s)
Vizek, A.; Nielsen-Pincus, M.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Society & Natural Resources, 2017, 30, 9, pp 1080-1095
Abstract

Environmental stressors and changes in land use have led to rapid and dramatic species losses. As such, we need effective monitoring programs that alert us not only to biodiversity losses, but also to functional changes in species assemblages and associated ecosystem processes. Ants are important...

Author(s)
Tiede, Y.; Schlautmann, J.; Donoso, D. A.; Wallis, C. I. B.; Bendix, J.; Brandl, R.; Farwig, N.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Ecological Indicators, 2017, 83, pp 527-537
Abstract

Species-rich communities of forest birds generally occupy larger rather than smaller forest fragments. However, the role of distance to the forest edge on the spatial distribution of bird communities within forest fragments remains largely unknown. In this study, we attempted to determine whether...

Author(s)
Hofmeister, J.; Hošek, J.; Brabec, M.; Kočvara, R.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Forest Ecology and Management, 2017, 401, pp 255-263
Abstract

In recent years, large clearings (>1000 ha) accounted for gradually smaller amounts of total annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, whereas the proportion of small clearings (<50 ha) nowadays represents more than 80% of annual deforestation. Despite the ubiquity of small clearings in...

Author(s)
Rocha, R.; Ovaskainen, O.; López-Baucells, A.; Farneda, F. Z.; Ferreira, D. F.; Bobrowiec, P. E. D.; Cabeza, M.; Palmeirim, J. M.; Meyer, C. F. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Forest Ecology and Management, 2017, 401, pp 8-16
Abstract

The impacts of river damming on aquatic fauna are assessed and then integrated across hierarchical scales, portrayed as nested circles. The outer circles characterize the studied site for habitat disturbance and hydrologic regime during the construction and filling phases. The inner circles...

Author(s)
Santos, R. M. B.; Fernandes, L. F. S.; Cortes, R. M. V.; Varandas, S. G. P.; Jesus, J. J. B.; Pacheco, F. A. L.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Science of the Total Environment, 2017, 601/602, pp 1108-1118

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