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Periodic Report - DISLOOP (The spatial patterns of disruption of plant -animal interactions within a population dynamic approach)

Project ID: 237097
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Abstract

The decline or extinction of native species involved in biotic interactions (i.e. the disruption of interactions) can cause significant changes in ecosystem processes. Ecosystem structure and functioning is most likely to be affected in habitats that already have lost functional redundancy, and those which limited functionality at the regional species pool level.

The case of the Mediterranean basin is quite paradoxical: despite being one of the global biodiversity hotspots, human activities have extensively impacted its ecosystems for more than 8 000 years which is significantly longer than any other hotspot. For such reasons, Mediterranean islands are extremely vulnerable as their small size increases the effects of loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

The project DISLOOP was proposed to improve our understanding of the direct and indirect consequences of the disruption of plant-disperser interactions within the context of the spatial-explicit population dynamics.

The main approach of this project required a combination of advanced modelling techniques and profound knowledge of the natural history of the species of interest. The model is rooted in a valuable and interdisciplinary dataset, comprising the data analysis of plant and animal demography, animal movement and spatial distribution of plants.

The report explains how the simulation model created will test how the fine and broad activity responses of the frugivorous lizard could affect the plant demography. Moreover, it is also possible that the model could also test the sensitivity of the plant population dynamics in front to a loss the seed-dispersal connectivity.

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Record Number: 11378 / Last updated on: 2011-08-02
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