Agricultural land-use intensity and its effects on small mammals in the central region of Argentina

In traplines under high land-use intensity we found seven species while under low land-use intensity we found ten

María Daniela Gomez

2015

Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • Agriculture intensification is one of the main threats to biodiversity in agricultural systems
  • The aim of this study was to assess the effect of land-use intensity, characteristics of linear habitats and their surrounding fields on small mammal richness and abundance in agricultural systems of Argentina
  • In autumn 2009, we performed a removal sampling in 60 traplines located in the field borders of high or low land-use intensity regions
  • Our results suggest that conservation of wide field borders with characteristics similar to those of natural habitats would be crucial for sustainable management of Pampean agricultural systems which hold high richness and abundance of small mammal species
  • This research was made possible by grants of the Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Consejo Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica and Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto
  • Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study

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