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Riparian Vegetation Structure Influences Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in an Agricultural Landscape

Popescu, Cristina and Oprina-Pavelescu, Mihaela and Dinu, Valentin and Cazacu, Constantin and Burdon, Francis and Forio, Marie Anne Eurie and Kupilas, Benjamin and Friberg, Nikolai and Goethals, Peter and Mckie, Brendan and Risnoveanu, Geta (2021). Riparian Vegetation Structure Influences Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in an Agricultural Landscape. Water. 13 , 188
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Abstract

Stream and terrestrial ecosystems are intimately connected by riparian zones that support high biodiversity but are also vulnerable to human impacts. Landscape disturbances, overgrazing, and diffuse pollution of agrochemicals threaten riparian biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. We assessed how terrestrial invertebrate communities respond to changes in riparian vegetation in Romanian agricultural catchments, with a focus on the role of forested riparian buffers. Riparian invertebrates were sampled in 10 paired sites, with each pair consisting of an unbuffered upstream reach and a downstream reach buffered with woody riparian vegetation. Our results revealed distinct invertebrate community structures in the two site types. Out of 33 invertebrate families, 13 were unique to either forested (6) or unbuffered (7) sites. Thomisidae, Clubionidae, Tetragnathidae, Curculionidae, Culicidae, and Cicadidae were associated with forested buffers, while Lycosidae, Chrysomelidae, Staphylinidae, Coccinellidae, Tettigoniidae, Formicidae, and Eutichuridae were more abundant in unbuffered sites. Despite statistically equivocal results, invertebrate diversity was generally higher in forested riparian buffers. Local riparian attributes significantly influenced patterns in invertebrate community composition. Our findings highlight the importance of local woody riparian buffers in maintaining terrestrial invertebrate diversity and their potential contribution as a multifunctional management tool in agricultural landscapes.

Authors/Creators:Popescu, Cristina and Oprina-Pavelescu, Mihaela and Dinu, Valentin and Cazacu, Constantin and Burdon, Francis and Forio, Marie Anne Eurie and Kupilas, Benjamin and Friberg, Nikolai and Goethals, Peter and Mckie, Brendan and Risnoveanu, Geta
Title:Riparian Vegetation Structure Influences Terrestrial Invertebrate Communities in an Agricultural Landscape
Series Name/Journal:Water
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:188
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2073-4441
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:biodiversity, riparian buffer, land-use, spatial scales, nature-based solutions, agricultural management
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110696
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110696
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3390/w13020188
Web of Science (WoS)000611781600001
ID Code:22633
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Feb 2021 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 09:31

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