Arthropod assemblage response to agricultural land use intensification

Attwood, Simon J. and Maron, Martine and House, Alan and Zammit, Charlie (2006) Arthropod assemblage response to agricultural land use intensification. In: 3rd Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia, 28 August - 1 September 2006, Wellington, New Zealand.


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Agricultural expansion and intensification is a major threat to biodiversity globally, yet agricultural landscapes often support complex and dynamic biological communities within a diverse array of land uses. To examine the relative biodiversity value of land uses ranging from low to high intensification, we compared arthropod abundance, richness and community composition among sites in cropland, pasture and woodland on nine southern Queensland properties. Overall abundance of arthropods was significantly greater at cropping/pasture interfaces than in woodland or cropping sites, but order level richness did not differ between land uses. Some taxa displayed different responses to land use type, with mites more abundant in woodland than cropland, and collembola displaying greater abundance in pasture. Ant morphospecies richness was significantly greater in woodland than more intensive land uses, although total abundance was highest in pasture. Abundance of opportunistic ant taxa increased with land use intensity. The introduced species Pheidole megacephala was significantly more abundant in pasture than other land use types.
From these results, it appears that even small and degraded woodland remnants such as those studied appear to play an important role in maintaining arthropod diversity in agricultural landscapes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Poster presentation. Abstract only available. No evidence of copyright restrictions on web site.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: arthropod abundance; agricultural landscapes
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
10 Technology > 1002 Environmental Biotechnology > 100204 Environmental Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4103 Environmental biotechnology > 410304 Environmental biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors)
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410206 Landscape ecology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified

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