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Biochemical response and vermiremediation assessment of three earthworm species (Alma millsoni, Eudrilus eugeniae and Libyodrilus violaceus) in soil contaminated with a glyphosate-based herbicide
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Folarin Owagboriaye, Gabriel Dedeke, Julius Bamidele, Adeyinka Aladesida, Patrick Isibor, Roseline Feyisola, Mistura AdelekeAbstractThe global use of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) and release of glyphosate residues in soil environment have over the years been a major concern. In this study, we aim to evaluate the biochemical response and vermiremediation potential of three indigenous earthworm species; namely Alma millsoni, Eudrilus eugeniae and Libyodrilus violaceus in GBH treated soils. Study design...
Linking tree-ring growth and satellite-derived gross primary growth in multiple forest biomes. Temporal-scale matters
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Sergio M. Vicente-Serrano, Natalia Martín-Hernández, J. Julio Camarero, Antonio Gazol, Raúl Sánchez-Salguero, Marina Peña-Gallardo, Ahmed El Kenawy, Fernando Domínguez-Castro, Miquel Tomas-Burguera, Emilia Gutiérrez, Martin de Luis, Gabriel Sangüesa-Barreda, Klemen Novak, Vicente Rozas, Pedro A. Tíscar, Juan C. Linares, Edurne Martínez del Castillo, Montse Ribas, Ignacio García-González, Fernando SillaAbstractThis study links tree-ring growth and gross primary production for a variety of forest...
Spatial associations among avian diversity, regulating and provisioning ecosystem services in Italy
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Yanina Benedetti, Federico Morelli, Michele Munafò, Francesca Assennato, Andrea Strollo, Riccardo SantoliniAbstractAimAn in-depth assessment of the spatial distribution of environmental resources and the condition of ecosystems is a key challenge in the management of ecosystems to support the provision of multiple ecosystem services. The main objective of this work was to investigate the spatial covariance of different aspects of avian diversity across gradients of provisioning and regulating ecosystem...
δ15N as an indicator of freshwater systems suitable for edible fish production
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Julieta Griboff, Daniel A. Wunderlin, Micha Horacek, María Valeria Amé, Magdalena V. MonferránAbstractAnthropogenic inputs are affecting freshwaters. Stable isotope ratios of nitrogen (δ15N) are useful to track anthropogenic pollution in food webs across different habitats, species and trophic levels. Córdoba province (Argentina) has serious problems of eutrophication and pollution in some of its freshwater reservoirs. To evaluate the different anthropogenic inputs in the three most important reservoirs...
A new geographical classification for vineyards tested in the South Tyrol wine region, northern Italy, on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Carlo G. FerrettiAbstractA new approach for applied research and decision-making in the sector of viticulture related to the mountain territory and the global warming phenomenon is purposed. A high-resolution topoclimate model 5 m × 5 m was applied to classify the different vineyard characters in South Tyrol, an Italian wine region where a considerable dense concentration of different top quality wines is present. Determining the connections between the territory and microclimate can lead to more...
Ecological drivers of pteridophyte diversity and distribution in Togo (West Africa)
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Komla Elikplim Abotsi, Ruksan Bose, Kossi Adjossou, Vincent Deblauwe, Germinal Rouhan, Kossi Novinyo Segla, Komina Honam Atsri, Kouami KokouAbstractThe conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity requires an understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors that condition the presence and survival of organisms in natural habitats. The global distribution and ecological hypersensitivity of pteridophytes have made them ideal candidates for studying the impact of biotic and abiotic factors on levels of...
Local contribution to beta diversity is negatively linked with community-wide dispersal capacity in stream invertebrate communities
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Fengqing Li, Jonathan D. Tonkin, Peter HaaseAbstractIt is increasingly well understood that stream communities are regulated by both local niche and regional dispersal processes, but comprehensive tests of these factors with datasets that cover extensive spatial and temporal scales are rare. Based on 1180 benthic invertebrate community samples from 2005 to 2012 in central low mountain streams of Germany, we tested the hypotheses that: 1) local contribution to beta diversity (LCBD: a measure of the uniqueness...
Combining multicriteria decision analysis and GIS to assess vulnerability within a protected area: An objective methodology for managing complex and fragile systems
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Argantonio Rodríguez-Merino, Pablo García-Murillo, Rocío Fernández-ZamudioAbstractCharacterizing zone fragility is a significant challenge when managing natural areas, but it must be prioritized in conservation efforts. The most commonly employed methodology is to rely on criteria established by experts, which can introduce subjectivity. However, more objective approaches should be used when developing conservation plans. This study follows one methodology focusing on classifying zone vulnerability within...
Assessing marine ecosystem services richness and exposure to anthropogenic threats in small sea areas: A case study for the Lithuanian sea space
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Daniel Depellegrin, Stefano Menegon, Laura Gusatu, Sanjoy Roy, Ieva MisiunėAbstractThe Lithuanian sea space belongs to the smallest sea areas in Europe. The sea space incorporates multiple marine ecosystem services (MES) that support human-wellbeing and sustain maritime economies, but is also subjected to intensive anthropogenic activities that can affect its vulnerable ecological components. We present a flexible geospatial methodology to assess MES richness (MESR) and to analyse areas of exposure of MES to...
Farm-level indicators for crop and landscape diversity derived from agricultural beneficiaries data
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Sandra Uthes, Edel Kelly, Hannes Jochen KönigAbstractThe EU follows the broad aim to develop viable food production systems, through supporting the sustainable management of natural resources and climate action and to strive for more balanced territorial development. These core values are reflected in the changing Common Agricultural Policy. This policy is one of the key drivers of agricultural practice across the EU, as it has become more oriented towards the concepts of sustainability in recent years. The...
Evaluating the coastal ecosystem status of two Western and Eastern Mediterranean islands using the seagrass Posidonia oceanica
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): A. Güreşen, G. Pergent, S.O. Güreşen, Y. AktanAbstractMediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica is used as a ‘biological quality element’ in the long-term monitoring programmes of the Water Framework Directive (WFD 2000/60/EC) for the evaluation of ecological status of coastal waters. Due to its low resilience to anthropogenic pressures, P. oceanica meadows have disappeared irreversibly along some of the Mediterranean coasts. The main objective of this survey, is therefore to compare the ecological...
Effectiveness of two western Iberian Peninsula marine protected areas in reducing the risk of macroalgae invasion
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): A. Blanco, J.M. Neto, J. Troncoso, M.F.L. Lemos, C. OlabarriaAbstractMarine ecosystems are facing major anthropogenic disturbances, including loss of biodiversity, eutrophication, and biological invasions. Thus, attention has raised on marine conservation actions to preserve habitat resilience and biodiversity. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) play an essential role in marine conservation as they are usually designated to provide marine ecosystem resilience of native communities to human-induced impacts...
Edge influence and population aggregation: On point and interval statistical performances of Morisita patchiness index estimators in different sampling schemes
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Davi Butturi-Gomes, Miguel PetrereAbstractUsually, individuals in biological populations are spatially clumped and the measures used to quantify this pattern has caught attention from ecologists due to its many implications, from species diversity to epidemiology, landscape use and ecosystem services. The Morisita patchiness index (Iδ) is one measure of population aggregation and has proven to be useful in quadrat sampling, although the effects of edge influence and the study site shape over the index...
Assessing the distribution and extent of High Nature Value farmland in the Republic of Ireland
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Shafique Matin, Caroline A. Sullivan, John A. Finn, Daire Ó hUallacháin, Stuart Green, David Meredith, James MoranAbstractHigh Nature Value farmland (HNVf) is managed farmland that has high biodiversity and often supports species of conservation concern. Assessing the distribution and extent of such farmlands is useful for appropriate targeting of conservation measures and supporting associated rural communities. The conservation of species and habitats within HNVf is also among the aims of the EU’s...
Morphophysiological screening of potential organisms for biomonitoring nitrogen deposition
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Edison A. Díaz-Álvarez, Erick de la Barrera, Elsa Y. Barrios-Hernández, María Arróniz-CrespoAbstractThe intensification of different anthropic activities has led to a doubling of the emitted reactive nitrogen species since the second half of the XX century, resulting in the increase of nitrogen deposition. This poses a major threat to global biodiversity. However, in developing countries the monitoring of atmospheric deposition has shown to be difficult. For these reasons, the aim of this study was to...
Satellite observed indicators of the maximum plant growth potential and their responses to drought over Tibetan Plateau (1982–2015)
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Jialing Li, Chaoyang Wu, Xiaoyue Wang, Jie Peng, Donglin Dong, Gang Lin, Alemu GonsamoAbstractThe maximum plant growth potential in summer plays an important role in regulating annual carbon balance. However, indicators of plant growth at this stage are not well established. With high elevations on the Tibetan Plateau (TP), terrestrial ecosystems in this region are vulnerable to climate change and in particular, the frequently and intensified droughts as projected by ecosystem models. To better understand the...
Ecological indicators of near-surface permafrost habitat at the southern margin of the boreal forest in China
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Yongyu Yue, Hongyan Liu, Jiaxin Xue, Yunyun Li, Weichao GuoAbstractThe most dramatic permafrost degradation is expected to occur at the southern edge of permafrost distribution, which is difficult to detect directly on a large scale. Ecological indicators can be used to provide an early signal of changes in terrestrial ecosystems for regional near-surface permafrost habitats and potentially to monitor near-surface permafrost degradation. In this study, plant composition and community structure indicate the...
Green autofluorescence eleocytes from earthworm as a tool for detecting environmental iron pollution
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Lijie Du, Aimin Wu, Guanhui Liu, Hua Li, Bing Yu, Hua zhen, Xianxiang WangAbstractThe riboflavin content of eleocytes is involved in immune responses in earthworms and serves as a sensitive bioindicator of soil condition, such as metal ions pollution. Previous studies have shown that the transition metals Ni and Cu robustly decrease riboflavin content of eleocytes when earthworms were exposed to transition metals-polluted soil. However, there is no previous study of earthworm responses to environmental...
The spatial characteristics and relationships between landscape pattern and ecosystem service value along an urban-rural gradient in Xi’an city, China
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Lei Hou, Faqi Wu, Xinli XieAbstractThe spatial structure and function of Xi’an city is significantly affected by urbanization, a factor which can be considered as the main driver of landscape pattern and ecosystem service change. Due to these changes are a response to urban land use and land cover (LULC), remote sensing images are interpreted by the method of supervised classification and visual interpretation to obtain the LULC data for research on landscape pattern index (LPI) and ecosystem service value...
Measuring urban landscapes for urban function classification using spatial metrics
Publication date: January 2020Source: Ecological Indicators, Volume 108Author(s): Hanfa Xing, Yuan MengAbstractThe rapid extension of urban landscapes has substantially contributed to the widespread use of methodologies for the classification of urban functions. While previous research has focused solely on measuring the spatial arrangement of restricted urban landscape elements using spatial metrics, to date, the detailed landscape characteristics that enable different functions to be distinguished have not been discussed. This paper presents a novel framework for urban function...