Cover December 2022|Oikos Journal

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We at Oikos want you pleased vacations and also rejoice to share DECEMBER’s cover revealing a picture of a grown-up griffon marauder in the Spanish Pre-Pyrenees. Easy rewilding after farmland desertion influences the structure and also performance of scavenger assemblages in hill areas and also lowers the scavenging effectiveness of griffon marauders Gyps fulvus, one of the most reliable and also plentiful scavenger varieties that gives vital scavenging solutions and also trophic facilitatory procedures.

Learn More concerning this research by Oliva et al. (2022) “Scavenging in transforming atmospheres: woody advancement forms country scavenger assemblages in Europe”.


Country desertion and also succeeding plants regrowth (‘ passive rewilding’) are anticipated to boost worldwide, creating waterfalls of vibrant socioeconomic, landscape and also organic adjustments. Landscape attributes highly affect the framework and also performance of scavengers, little is understood concerning the environmental effects of passive rewilding due to woody advancement (i.e.’ landscape closure’) on scavenging assemblages. We checked out distinctions in ‘scavenger assemblage structure’ (varieties splendor and also wealths) and also ‘scavenging effectiveness’ (scavenging usage, discovery and also regularity times and also usage prices) in a hill agroecosystem (Pyrenees) undertaking easy rewilding. We checked 178 carcasses in 3 landscapes: ‘open’, ‘shrubland’ and also ‘woodland’, and also reviewed the impacts of landscape kind on ‘scavenger assemblage structure’ and also ‘scavenging effectiveness’ at the area and also varieties degrees, while representing the impacts of carcass dimension, positioning and also kind time. We likewise took a look at whether the in your area the majority of reliable and also plentiful scavenger (i.e. the griffon marauder Gyps fulvus) influences scavenging patterns. We discovered that landscape kind was the major aspect regulating scavenging characteristics. Typical and also general scavenger splendor were comparable in open and also shrubland landscapes, while woodlands had the most affordable variety of scavengers, primarily consisting of animals. Unlike animals, bird scavenging regularity reduced as plants cover boosted, particularly for obligate scavengers (i.e. marauders). Scavenger wealths were highest possible in open landscapes, and also carcasses were discovered and also taken in a lot more quickly in these landscapes. Carcass dimension did not affect discovery and also usage times, although it did impact typical scavenger splendor, wealths and also usage prices. Usage prices were greater in open landscapes and also were highly connected with the visibility of griffon marauders. Remarkably, we discovered that griffon marauders affected scavenging characteristics by means of assistance procedures. Woody advancement can decrease the scavenging duty of this varieties, while preferring animal facultative scavengers. Our searchings for highlight the critical duty of griffon marauders, moderated by landscape attributes, in minimizing carcass perseverance.

Picture by Pilar Oliva-Vidal.


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