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Why is the world green: testing top-down control of plant-herbivore food webs by experiments with birds, bats and ants

Project description

A closer look at how predators help keep our world green

Predators reduce herbivore abundance and are the key to keeping our world green. This is based on the green world hypothesis that says hungry plant-eating animals would turn the world brown if it were not for major predators keeping their population sizes in check by eating them. The EU-funded BABE project will study the antagonistic and synergic interactions of key predatory groups. For instance, insect predators are very important for keeping the natural balance. In this context, the project will conduct factorial manipulations of key insectivorous predators (birds, bats and ants) to measure their effects on lower trophic levels in forest understories and canopies. The project will also study compensatory effects amongst predatory taxa on herbivore and plant performance.

Host institution

BIOLOGICKE CENTRUM AKADEMIE VID CESKE REPUBLIKY VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 455 031,75
Address
Branisovska 1160/31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Czechia

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Region
Jihozápad Jihočeský kraj
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

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BIOLOGICKE CENTRUM AKADEMIE VID CESKE REPUBLIKY VEREJNA VYZKUMNA INSTITUCE
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 1 455 031,75
Address
Branisovska 1160/31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice

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Region
Jihozápad Jihočeský kraj
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00