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Downsizing of animal communities triggers stronger functional than structural decay in seed-dispersal networks

Authors
  • Donoso, Isabel1
  • Sorensen, Marjorie C.1, 2, 3
  • Blendinger, Pedro G.4
  • Kissling, W. Daniel5
  • Neuschulz, Eike Lena1
  • Mueller, Thomas1, 3
  • Schleuning, Matthias1
  • 1 Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), Senckenberganlage 25, Frankfurt am Main, 60325, Germany , Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • 2 University of Guelph, Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada , Ontario (Canada)
  • 3 Goethe University Frankfurt, Max-von-Laue-Str. 9, Frankfurt am Main, 60438, Germany , Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • 4 Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) - Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, CC 34, 4107 Yerba Buena, Tucumán, Argentina , Tucumán (Argentina)
  • 5 University of Amsterdam, GE Amsterdam, 1090, The Netherlands , GE Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature Communications
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Mar 27, 2020
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15438-y
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Species loss from ecological networks can impair network stability and ecosystem function. Here the authors simulate animal extinctions in interaction networks between plants and avian frugivores, showing that frugivore extinctions have comparatively weak effects on network structure, but strongly reduce seed-dispersal distance.

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