publication . Article . 2019

The hidden costs of living in a transformed habitat: Ecological and evolutionary consequences in a tripartite mutualistic system with a keystone mistletoe

Caren Vega Retter;
Open Access English
  • Published: 15 Feb 2019
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Land use change is one of the most important anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity loss. Nevertheless, the ecological and evolutionary consequences of habitat transformation remain less understood than those from habitat fragmentation. Transformed habitats are structurally simpler, altering species composition and their ecological interactions, potentially compromising gene flow and genetic diversity. We focused on a tripartite mutualistic system composed of a mistletoe (Tristerix corymbosus), its pollinator (Sephanoides sephaniodes) and its seed disperser (Dromiciops gliroides) to assess changes in their ecological and evolutionary dynamics as a result of habit...
Subjects
free text keywords: Environmental Engineering, Waste Management and Disposal, Pollution, Environmental Chemistry, Species richness, Habitat, Evolutionary dynamics, Mutualism (economic theory), Gene flow, Genetic diversity, Biodiversity, Habitat fragmentation, Chemistry, Ecology
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