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On Fri, 18 Sep 2020 at 03:11, Jorge Ari Noriega Alvarado <
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> Dear colleagues and friends,
>
>
> Receive a cordial greeting.
>
> I have attached the PDF file of our newest paper: "Assessing the
> functional relationship between dung beetle traits and dung removal,
> burial, and seedling emergence" which appeared in Ecology and is
> co-authored by Indradatta DeCastro-Arrazola, Joaquín Hortal, myself, and
> Francisco Sánchez-Piñero.
>
> Abstract: The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
> is often assessed through trait diversity. However, the relationship
> between traits and functions is typically assumed but seldom tested. We
> analyze the relationship between dung beetle traits and three ecological
> functions: dung removal, dung burial, and seedling emergence. We set up a
> laboratory experiment using nine Scarabaeidae species (three endocoprids,
> four paracoprids, and two telecoprids). We placed a sexual pair of beetles
> in each experimental unit, together with a mixture of dung and seeds, and
> measured the amount of dung removed and buried, burial depth, and the
> number of emerged seedlings. Sixteen morphological traits related to dung
> removal and burial were measured in each individual. Results indicate that
> these traits were related to dung beetle performance in dung removal and
> burial. Most traits were positively related to dung removal, indicating the
> existence of a general trait syndrome associated with dung manipulation and
> digging capability. Dung exploitation strategies did not provide further
> explanatory power. Seedling emergence showed a negative but weak
> relationship with dung burial amount and depth and species identity. This
> implies that specific differences in dung– soil interface activity may be
> important in secondary seed dispersal by dung beetles.
>
>
> I hope you enjoy it.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Jorge Ari Noriega
>
>

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