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Bats and their role with the carbon stock in the Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 15/19092-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Mauro Galetti Rodrigues
Grantee:Denise Montan
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/01986-0 - Ecological consequences of defaunation in the Atlantic Rainforest, AP.TEM

Abstract

The Atlantic Forest has undergone an intense process of defaunation and led groups of animals to the same situation. The defaunation of large animals leads to serious effects on the characteristics and functioning of ecosystems by trophic cascade effect. One effect is the carbon storage. Plants large, high density and volume are potentially storing carbon and the seeds are dispersed by dispersing large. These plant species with large seeds are also effectively dispersed by fruit bats. This paper will examine the fruit bats relationship as substitutes for large animals frugivores dispersing. (AU)