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Mobile links in fragmented landscapes: implications for biodiversity conservation

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Coordinator
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 

Organization address
address: TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
city: CAMBRIDGE
postcode: CB2 1TN
website: www.cam.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website https://sites.google.com/site/juanpeweb/
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2017-12-14

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1    THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK (CAMBRIDGE) coordinator 195˙454.00

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 Project objective

Dispersal through anthropogenic habitats (i.e. the matrix) is necessary for the inter-population connectivity and the colonization of vacant habitats after disturbance, thereby for the long-term persistence of species in fragmented regions. A critical question for conservation is whether differences among species in dispersal translate into biodiversity loss through biotic homogenization. The ability of fleshy-fruited plants for dispersal though the matrix relies on their capacity to interact with those frugivore species that move across its habitats providing key seed dispersal services. Organisms that connect habitats in the landscape are termed “mobile links” and are considered essential for ecosystem resilience. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the mobile-link function in seed dispersal networks and its role on biotic homogenization. This proposal aims at filling this gap by providing a large-scale and integrative assessment of seed dispersal by avian frugivores through fragmented landscapes of Europe. Specifically, it aims at assessing empirically (1) whether interaction constraints between plant species and those frugivore species that act as mobile links are a driver of long-term biotic homogenization in fragmented regions; and (2) whether certain phenotypic plant traits that favour interactions with mobile-link frugivores could be used to predict ‘good dispersers’ and ‘poor dispersers’ of target plant communities. This proposal includes several study sites scattered through Europe, assuring generalization of the results. It combines field sampling and ground-breaking DNA-barcoding techniques for resolving seed dispersal networks, which will provide unprecedented information about the functional value of specific frugivore species in fragmented landscapes. Resulting knowledge can be incorporated into management and policy-making decisions for preserving woodland biodiversity in fragmented regions.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Benno I. Simmons, William J. Sutherland, Lynn V. Dicks, Jörg Albrecht, Nina Farwig, Daniel García, Pedro Jordano, Juan P. González-Varo
Moving from frugivory to seed dispersal: incorporating the functional outcomes of interactions in plant-frugivore networks
published pages: , ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12831
Journal of Animal Ecology 2019-06-13
2018 Jonas Geldmann, Juan P. González-Varo
Conserving honey bees does not help wildlife
published pages: 392-393, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar2269
Science 359/6374 2019-06-13
2016 Tatsuya Amano, Juan P. González-Varo, William J. Sutherland
Languages Are Still a Major Barrier to Global Science
published pages: e2000933, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000933
PLOS Biology 14/12 2019-06-13
2016 Juan P. González-Varo, Anna Traveset
The Labile Limits of Forbidden Interactions
published pages: 700-710, ISSN: 0169-5347, DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.06.009
Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31/9 2019-06-13
2017 Juan P. González-Varo, José V. López-Bao, José Guitián
Seed dispersers help plants to escape global warming
published pages: 1600-1606, ISSN: 0030-1299, DOI: 10.1111/oik.04508
Oikos 126/11 2019-06-13
2017 Juan P. González-Varo, Montserrat Vilà
Spillover of managed honeybees from mass-flowering crops into natural habitats
published pages: 376-382, ISSN: 0006-3207, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.06.018
Biological Conservation 212 2019-06-13

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