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Response of ecosystems to realistic extinction sequences
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Animal Ecology, ISSN 0021-8790, E-ISSN 1365-2656, Vol. 80, no 2, 307-309 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent research suggests that effects of species loss on the structure and functioning of ecosystems willcritically depend on the order with which species go extinct. However, there are few studies of theresponse of natural ecosystems to realistic extinction sequences. Using an extinction scenario basedon the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, de Visser et al. sequentiallydeleted species from a topological model of the Serengeti food web. Under this scenario, large-bodiedspecies like top predators and mega-herbivores go extinct first. The resulting changes in the trophicstructure of the food web might affect the robustness of the ecosystem to future disturbances.

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Malden, MA, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Vol. 80, no 2, 307-309 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65488DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2011.01805.xISI: 000286985800001OAI: diva2:395934
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-08 Last updated: 2014-03-25Bibliographically approved

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