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DEFAU-BIOTA: the effects of defaunation on soil carbon and plant functional diversity in the Atlantic Forest

Abstract

Large mammalian herbivores (LMH's), once widespread, are now functional or locally extinct in most tropical ecosystems. LMH's exert strong direct and indirect effects on community structure and ecosystem functions, and measuring these effects is important for testing ecological theory and for understanding past, current, and future environmental change. This in turn requires long-term experimental manipulations, owing to the slow and often nonlinear responses of populations and assemblages to LMH removal. Since 2009, we have maintained the DEFAU-BIOTA experiment, a series of selective LMH exclosures replicated across a productivity gradient in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. The goal of the DEFAU-BIOTA experiment is to measure the effects of LMH's diversity and abundance on soil carbon and the functional traits of plants. (AU)

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PIRES, MATHIAS M.; GALETTI, MAURO. Beyond the ?empty forest?: The defaunation syndromes of Neotropical forests in the Anthropocene. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION, v. 41, p. 9-pg., . (19/25478-7, 22/09561-4)

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