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Title Influence of habitat degradation on African ant and termite communities

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Short title Ants, termites and habitat degradation

Author(s) Peters, M.K.(1); Brandl, R.(2); Fischer, G.(1); Grohmann, C.(3); Hausberger, B.(4); Hita Garcia, F.(1); Kagezi, G.(5); Kaib, M.(6); Kaiser, D.(3); Konaté, S.(7); Korb, J.(4); Linsenmair, K.E.(3); Reichmann, S.(4); Wägele, W.(1)

Presenting author Peters, M.K.

Institution(s) (1) Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany; (2) Department of Animal Ecology, Philipps-University Marburg, Karl-von-Frisch Strasse 8, 35032 Marburg, Germany; (3) Departement of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocentre, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg University of Würzburg, Germany; (4) Behavioral Biology, University of Osnabrück, Barbarastr.11, D-49076 Osnabrueck; (5) Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda; (6) Lehrstuhl für Tierphysiologie, Universität Bayreuth, Universitätsstraße 30, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany; (7) LAMTO Ecological Station, University of Abobo-Adjamé, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Keywords Ants; decomposition; habitat degradation; land-use; termites

Abstract Ants and termites dominate in terms of biomass the soil fauna of tropical ecosystems and are of high ecological and pedological importance. In BIOTA projects in East, South, and West Africa we studied the ecology of ant and termite communities and analyzed how they respond to increases in land-use intensity. Here we present results of these projects, discuss methodological challenges, and give a brief outlook on potential future research directions.

Congress Topic Land use, impact and value

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