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Using mutualistic networks to evaluate the ecological functionality of restored ecosystems

Grant number: 13/00119-8
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 07, 2013
Effective date (End): December 06, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Applied Ecology
Principal researcher:Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues
Grantee:Fernanda Ribeiro da Silva
Supervisor abroad: Jane Memmott
Home Institution: Instituto de Biologia (IB). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Bristol, England  
Associated to the scholarship:10/01861-1 - Mutualistic networks in the evaluation of interactions between frugivorous birds and restored areas of different ages., BP.DR


Forest restoration intends not only to increase species diversity, but to also restore ecological processes, such as seed dispersal. Therefore forest restoration techniques must involve the selection of plant species that when planted maximize seed dispersal. Few studies have addressed the return of functionality in restored tropical forest sites based on the analysis of plant-frugivore networks. We will analyze three plant-bird mutualistic networks in ecosystems that were restored with a high diversity of plant species. By quantifying the structure of network interactions we intend to evaluate if sustainable restoration of biodiversity and ecological functioning is being achieved. (AU)

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