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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
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Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346901/boundary-work-for-implementing-adaptive-management-a-water-sector-application
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Blal Adem Esmail, Davide Geneletti, Christian Albert
Boundary work, defined as effort to mediate between knowledge and action, is a promising approach for facilitating knowledge co-production for sustainable development. Here, we investigate a case study of knowledge co-production, to assess the applicability of boundary work as a conceptual framework to support implementing adaptive management in the water sector. We refer to a boundary work classification recently proposed by Clark et al., (2016), based on three types of knowledge uses, i.e. enlightenment, decision-, and negotiation-support, and three types of sources, i...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345653/temporally-dependent-pollinator-competition-and-facilitation-with-mass-flowering-crops-affects-yield-in-co-blooming-crops
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Heather Grab, Eleanor J Blitzer, Bryan Danforth, Greg Loeb, Katja Poveda
One of the greatest challenges in sustainable agricultural production is managing ecosystem services, such as pollination, in ways that maximize crop yields. Most efforts to increase services by wild pollinators focus on management of natural habitats surrounding farms or non-crop habitats within farms. However, mass flowering crops create resource pulses that may be important determinants of pollinator dynamics. Mass bloom attracts pollinators and it is unclear how this affects the pollination and yields of other co-blooming crops...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344928/physical-and-monetary-ecosystem-service-accounts-for-europe-a-case-study-for-in-stream-nitrogen-retention
#4
Alessandra La Notte, Joachim Maes, Silvana Dalmazzone, Neville D Crossman, Bruna Grizzetti, Giovanni Bidoglio
In this paper we present a case study of integrated ecosystem and economic accounting based on the System of Environmental Economic Accounting - Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (SEEA-EEA). We develop accounts, in physical and monetary terms, for the water purification ecosystem service in Europe over a 20-year time period (1985-2005). The estimation of nitrogen retention is based on the GREEN biophysical model, within which we impose a sustainability threshold to obtain the physical indicators of capacity - the ability of an ecosystem to sustainably supply ecosystem services...
February 2017: Ecosyst Serv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343863/emerging-role-of-geographical-information-system-gis-life-cycle-assessment-lca-and-spatial-lca-gis-lca-in-sustainable-bioenergy-planning
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Moonmoon Hiloidhari, D C Baruah, Anoop Singh, Sampriti Kataki, Kristina Medhi, Shilpi Kumari, T V Ramachandra, B M Jenkins, Indu Shekhar Thakur
Sustainability of a bioenergy project depends on precise assessment of biomass resource, planning of cost-effective logistics and evaluation of possible environmental implications. In this context, this paper reviews the role and applications of geo-spatial tool such as Geographical Information System (GIS) for precise agro-residue resource assessment, biomass logistic and power plant design. Further, application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in understanding the potential impact of agro-residue bioenergy generation on different ecosystem services has also been reviewed and limitations associated with LCA variability and uncertainty were discussed...
March 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342350/challenges-for-tree-officers-to-enhance-the-provision-of-regulating-ecosystem-services-from-urban-forests
#6
Helen J Davies, Kieron J Doick, Malcolm D Hudson, Kate Schreckenberg
Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such as stormwater attenuation, heat amelioration and air purification. The extent to which these benefits are realized is largely dependent on urban forest management objectives, the availability of funding, and the understanding of ecosystem service concepts within local governments, the primary delivery agents of urban forests...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342237/an-ecosystem-services-approach-to-the-ecological-effects-of-salvage-logging-valuation-of-seed-dispersal
#7
Alexandro B Leverkus, Jorge Castro
Forest disturbances diminish ecosystem services and boost disservices. Because post-disturbance management intends to recover the greatest possible value, selling timber often prevails over other considerations. Ecological research has shown diverse effects of salvage logging, yet such research has focused on the biophysical component of post-disturbance ecosystems and lacks the link with human well-being. Here we bridge that gap under the ecosystem services framework by assessing the impact of post-fire management on a non-timber value...
March 25, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337392/microsatellite-markers-for-population-studies-of-the-salt-marsh-species-juncus-roemerianus-juncaceae
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Hayley R Tumas, Brian M Shamblin, Mark S Woodrey, Campbell J Nairn
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Juncus roemerianus (Juncaceae) is a foundational species and ecosystem engineer of salt marshes in the Gulf of Mexico. These ecosystems provide coastal flood attenuation, nurseries for important species, and other ecosystem services, but are experiencing significant decline. Nuclear microsatellite markers were developed for J. roemerianus to study genetic diversity and population structure for conservation and restoration efforts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Illumina NextSeq high-throughput sequencing was used to develop a panel of 19 polymorphic microsatellite markers that were tested across individuals from three populations on the Gulf Coast...
March 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336183/evosystem-services-rapid-evolution-and-the-provision-of-ecosystem-services
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Seth M Rudman, Maayan Kreitzman, Kai M A Chan, Dolph Schluter
Evolution is recognized as the source of all organisms, and hence many ecosystem services. However, the role that contemporary evolution might play in maintaining and enhancing specific ecosystem services has largely been overlooked. Recent advances at the interface of ecology and evolution have demonstrated how contemporary evolution can shape ecological communities and ecosystem functions. We propose a definition and quantitative criteria to study how rapid evolution affects ecosystem services (here termed contemporary evosystem services) and present plausible scenarios where such services might exist...
March 20, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334050/improving-transcriptome-de-novo-assembly-by-using-a-reference-genome-of-a-related-species-translational-genomics-from-oil-palm-to-coconut
#10
Alix Armero, Luc Baudouin, Stéphanie Bocs, Dominique This
The palms are a family of tropical origin and one of the main constituents of the ecosystems of these regions around the world. The two main species of palm represent different challenges: coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a source of multiple goods and services in tropical communities, while oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) is the main protagonist of the oil market. In this study, we present a workflow that exploits the comparative genomics between a target species (coconut) and a reference species (oil palm) to improve the transcriptomic data, providing a proteome useful to answer functional or evolutionary questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333995/better-living-through-conifer-removal-a-demographic-analysis-of-sage-grouse-vital-rates
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John P Severson, Christian A Hagen, Jason D Tack, Jeremy D Maestas, David E Naugle, James T Forbes, Kerry P Reese
Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) obligate wildlife species such as the imperiled greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) face numerous threats including altered ecosystem processes that have led to conifer expansion into shrub-steppe. Conifer removal is accelerating despite a lack of empirical evidence on grouse population response. Using a before-after-control-impact design at the landscape scale, we evaluated effects of conifer removal on two important demographic parameters, annual survival of females and nest survival, by monitoring 219 female sage-grouse and 225 nests in the northern Great Basin from 2010 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332099/integrated-multisystem-analysis-in-a-mental-health-and-criminal-justice-ecosystem
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Erin Falconer, Tal El-Hay, Dimitris Alevras, John P Docherty, Chen Yanover, Alan Kalton, Yaara Goldschmidt, Michal Rosen-Zvi
BACKGROUND: Patients with a serious mental illness often receive care that is fragmented due to reduced availability of or access to resources, and inadequate, discontinuous, and uncoordinated care across health, social services, and criminal justice organizations. This article describes the creation of a multisystem analysis that derives insights from an integrated dataset including patient access to case management services, medical services, and interactions with the criminal justice system...
December 2017: Health & Justice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331597/pollinator-population-size-and-pollination-ecosystem-service-responses-to-enhancing-floral-and-nesting-resources
#13
Johanna Häussler, Ullrika Sahlin, Charlotte Baey, Henrik G Smith, Yann Clough
Modeling pollination ecosystem services requires a spatially explicit, process-based approach because they depend on both the behavioral responses of pollinators to the amount and spatial arrangement of habitat and on the within- and between-season dynamics of pollinator populations in response to land use. We describe a novel pollinator model predicting flower visitation rates by wild central-place foragers (e.g., nesting bees) in spatially explicit landscapes. The model goes beyond existing approaches by: (1) integrating preferential use of more rewarding floral and nesting resources; (2) considering population growth over time; (3) allowing different dispersal distances for workers and reproductives; (4) providing visitation rates for use in crop pollination models...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331596/credit-of-ecological-interactions-a-new-conceptual-framework-to-support-conservation-in-a-defaunated-world
#14
Luísa Genes, Bruno Cid, Fernando A S Fernandez, Alexandra S Pires
As defaunation spreads through the world, there is an urgent need for restoring ecological interactions, thus assuring ecosystem processes. Here, we define the new concept of credit of ecological interactions, as the number of interactions that can be restored in a focal area by species colonization or reintroduction. We also define rewiring time, as the time span until all the links that build the credit of ecological interactions of a focal area have become functional again. We expect that the credit will be gradually cashed following refaunation in rates that are proportional to (1) the abundance of the reintroduced species (that is expected to increase in time since release), (2) the abundance of the local species that interact with them, and (3) the traits of reintroduced species...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329020/how-a-collaborative-integrated-taxonomic-effort-has-trained-new-spongiologists-and-improved-knowledge-of-martinique-island-french-antilles-eastern-caribbean-sea-marine-biodiversity
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Thierry Pérez, Maria-Cristina Díaz, César Ruiz, Baslavi Cóndor-Luján, Michelle Klautau, Eduardo Hajdu, Gisele Lobo-Hajdu, Sven Zea, Shirley A Pomponi, Robert W Thacker, Sophie Carteron, Guillaume Tollu, Adeline Pouget-Cuvelier, Philippe Thélamon, Jean-Philippe Marechal, Olivier P Thomas, Alexander V Ereskovsky, Jean Vacelet, Nicole Boury-Esnault
Although sponges are important components of benthic ecosystems of the Caribbean Sea, their diversity remained poorly investigated in the Lesser Antilles. By organizing a training course in Martinique, we wanted both to promote taxonomy and to provide a first inventory of the sponge diversity on this island. The course was like a naturalist expedition, with a field laboratory and a classroom nearby. Early-career scientists and environmental managers were trained in sponge taxonomy. We gathered unpublished data and conducted an inventory at 13 coastal sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326127/detecting-peatland-drains-with-object-based-image-analysis-and-geoeye-1-imagery
#16
J Connolly, N M Holden
BACKGROUND: Peatlands play an important role in the global carbon cycle. They provide important ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and storage. Drainage disturbs peatland ecosystem services. Mapping drains is difficult and expensive and their spatial extent is, in many cases, unknown. An object based image analysis (OBIA) was performed on a very high resolution satellite image (Geoeye-1) to extract information about drain location and extent on a blanket peatland in Ireland...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324834/ivermectin-alters-reproductive-success-body-condition-and-sexual-trait-expression-in-dung-beetles
#17
Daniel González-Tokman, Imelda Martínez M, Yesenia Villalobos-Ávalos, Roberto Munguía-Steyer, María Del Rosario Ortiz-Zayas, Magdalena Cruz-Rosales, Jean-Pierre Lumaret
Ivermectin is a very common parasiticide used in livestock. It is excreted in the dung and has negative effects on survival and reproduction of dung-degrading organisms, including dung beetles. Here we exposed the dung beetle Euoniticellus intermedius to different concentrations of ivermectin in the food and evaluated reproductive success and the expression of traits associated with survival and reproduction under laboratory conditions. It is the first time the effects of ivermectin were evaluated on offspring physiological condition and the expression of a secondary sexual trait...
March 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323864/population-genetic-structure-of-eelgrass-zostera-marina-on-the-korean-coast-current-status-and-conservation-implications-for-future-management
#18
Jae Hwan Kim, Ji Hyoun Kang, Ji Eun Jang, Sun Kyeong Choi, Min Ji Kim, Sang Rul Park, Hyuk Je Lee
Seagrasses provide numerous ecosystem services for coastal and estuarine environments, such as nursery functions, erosion protection, pollution filtration, and carbon sequestration. Zostera marina (common name "eelgrass") is one of the seagrass bed-forming species distributed widely in the northern hemisphere, including the Korean Peninsula. Recently, however, there has been a drastic decline in the population size of Z. marina worldwide, including Korea. We examined the current population genetic status of this species on the southern coast of Korea by estimating the levels of genetic diversity and genetic structure of 10 geographic populations using eight nuclear microsatellite markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323394/feeding-preference-as-a-main-determinant-of-microscale-patchiness-among-terrestrial-nematodes
#19
Casper W Quist, Gerrit Gort, Christian Mulder, Ruud H P Wilbers, Aad J Termorshuizen, Jaap Bakker, Johannes Helder
Soil biota are responsible for essential ecosystem services such as carbon storage, nutrient cycling and water retention. However, assessment of the condition of soil biota is hampered by an overwhelming level of diversity. With representatives in all trophic levels of the food web, nematode communities can be used as bio-indicators. Accurate assessment of nematode assemblages requires insight in the distribution of specimens with distinct food preferences. With the availability of taxon-specific quantitative-PCR assays, distribution patterns of multiple nematode groups can be investigated simultaneously...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322022/the-effect-of-landscape-complexity-and-microclimate-on-the-thermal-tolerance-of-a-pest-insect
#20
Lucy Alford, Kévin Tougeron, Jean-Sébastien Pierre, Françoise Burel, Joan van Baaren
Landscape changes are known to exacerbate the impacts of climate change. As such, understanding the combined effect of climate and landscape on agro-ecosystems is vital if we are to maintain the function of agro-ecosystems. The present study aimed to elucidate the effects of agricultural landscape complexity on the microclimate and thermal tolerance of an aphid pest to better understand how landscape and climate may interact to affect the thermal tolerance of pest species within the context of global climate change...
March 21, 2017: Insect Science
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