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dc.contributor.authorMata, L
dc.contributor.authorThrelfall, CG
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, NSG
dc.contributor.authorHahs, AK
dc.contributor.authorMalipatil, M
dc.contributor.authorStork, NE
dc.contributor.authorLivesley, SJ
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-22T03:43:11Z
dc.date.available2020-12-22T03:43:11Z
dc.date.issued2017-01-19
dc.identifierpii: srep40970
dc.identifier.citationMata, L., Threlfall, C. G., Williams, N. S. G., Hahs, A. K., Malipatil, M., Stork, N. E. & Livesley, S. J. (2017). Conserving herbivorous and predatory insects in urban green spaces. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 (1), https://doi.org/10.1038/srep40970.
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/257912
dc.description.abstractInsects are key components of urban ecological networks and are greatly impacted by anthropogenic activities. Yet, few studies have examined how insect functional groups respond to changes to urban vegetation associated with different management actions. We investigated the response of herbivorous and predatory heteropteran bugs to differences in vegetation structure and diversity in golf courses, gardens and parks. We assessed how the species richness of these groups varied amongst green space types, and the effect of vegetation volume and plant diversity on trophic- and species-specific occupancy. We found that golf courses sustain higher species richness of herbivores and predators than parks and gardens. At the trophic- and species-specific levels, herbivores and predators show strong positive responses to vegetation volume. The effect of plant diversity, however, is distinctly species-specific, with species showing both positive and negative responses. Our findings further suggest that high occupancy of bugs is obtained in green spaces with specific combinations of vegetation structure and diversity. The challenge for managers is to boost green space conservation value through actions promoting synergistic combinations of vegetation structure and diversity. Tackling this conservation challenge could provide enormous benefits for other elements of urban ecological networks and people that live in cities.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleConserving herbivorous and predatory insects in urban green spaces
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/srep40970
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
melbourne.source.titleScientific Reports
melbourne.source.volume7
melbourne.source.issue1
melbourne.identifier.arcLP110100686
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1179821
melbourne.contributor.authorLivesley, Stephen
melbourne.contributor.authorThrelfall, Caragh
melbourne.contributor.authorWilliams, Nicholas
melbourne.contributor.authorHahs, Amy
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2322
melbourne.identifier.fundernameidAustralian Research Council, LP110100686
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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