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Title Species interactions and ecosystem services: land use, seed dispersal and vegetation dynamics

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Short title Seed dispersal and ecosystem services

Author(s) Kalko, E.K.V.(1); Berens, D.G.(2); Böhning-Gaese, K.(2); Djossa, B.A.(3), Eshiamwata, G.W.(4); Fahr, J.(1); Farwig, N.(2); Kirika, J.M.(4); Schleuning, M.(2); Ebigbo, N.(1); Sinsin, B.(3)

Presenting author Kalko, E. K. V.

Institution(s) (1) Experimental Ecology, University of Ulm; (2) Institute of Zoology, University of Mainz; (3) Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi; (4) Kakamega, Kenia

Keywords Fruit bats; birds; disturbance, seed dispersal, regeneration

Abstract The functional role of birds and fruit bats for the regeneration of vegetation in forest and savanna habitats will be presented in an overarching talk synthesising results from BIOTA-East and -West. In particular, we focus on the effects of human land use on landscape structure and resource availability for frugivorous bats and birds, and the subsequent consequences for seed dispersal and vegetation dynamics with special focus on economically important trees. We compare land use patterns of forest and farmlands and discuss the potential of fragmented landscapes to maintain important ecosystem services such as seed dispersal performed by vertebrates. Furthermore, we address the prospective to establish management programs facilitating regeneration of degraded lands with the focus on seed dispersal by animals.

Congress Topic Land use, impact and value

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