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Desiccation resistance determines distribution of woodlice along forest edge-to-interior gradients
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Number of Authors: 132018 (English)In: European journal of soil biology, ISSN 1164-5563, E-ISSN 1778-3615, Vol. 85, p. 1-3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Forest edges show strong abiotic and biotic gradients potentially altering community composition and ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling. While abiotic gradients are well studied, short-scale biotic gradients, like detritivore species composition and their associated trait distribution remains a poorly explored research-field. We sampled woodlice in 160 forest patches across Europe at varying distances from the forest edge and discovered that species desiccation resistance determines distribution along forest edge-to-interior gradients. Forest edges are warmer and dryer compared to interiors and favour drought-tolerant species, while abundance and activity of drought-sensitive species is reduced at the edge. Key ecological factors for litter-dwelling detritivores (i.e. humidity) act as environmental filter, because of species-specific differences in desiccation resistance. Future research should focus on quantifying the consequences of a changing detritivore community and their associated functional traits for nutrient cycling.

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2018. Vol. 85, p. 1-3
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Drought tolerance, Edge effects, Isopoda, Response trait, Small forest fragments
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Biological Sciences Agricultural Science, Forestry and Fisheries
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154593DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2017.12.002ISI: 000427208800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154593DiVA, id: diva2:1195391
Available from: 2018-04-05 Created: 2018-04-05 Last updated: 2018-04-05Bibliographically approved

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