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Arthropod Communities on Young Vegetated Roofs Are More Similar to Each Other Than to Communities at Ground Level

Kyro, Kukka and Kankaanpaeae, Tuomas and Vesterinen, Eero and Vesterinen, Eero J. and Lehvavirta, Susanna and Lehvävirta, Susanna and Kotze, David Johannes (2022). Arthropod Communities on Young Vegetated Roofs Are More Similar to Each Other Than to Communities at Ground Level. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 10 , 785448
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Abstract

Vegetated roofs are human-manufactured ecosystems and potentially promising conservation tools for various taxa and habitats. Focussing on arthropods, we conducted a 3 year study on newly constructed vegetated roofs with shallow substrates (up to 10 cm) and vegetation established with pre-grown mats, plug plants and seeds to describe pioneer arthropod communities on roofs and to compare them with ground level communities. We vacuum sampled arthropods from the roofs and nearby ground level sites with low, open vegetation, i.e., potential source habitats. We showed that the roofs and ground sites resembled each other for ordinal species richness but differed in community composition: with time the roofs started to resemble each other rather than their closest ground level habitats. Species richness increased with time on roofs and at ground level, but the roofs had consistently less species than the ground sites and only a few species were unique to the roofs. Also, the proportion of predators increased on roofs, while not at ground level. We conclude that vegetated roofs established with similar substrates and vegetation, filter arthropods in a way that produces novel communities that are different from those at ground level but similar to one another. The role of these insular communities in species networks and ecosystem function remains to be investigated.

Authors/Creators:Kyro, Kukka and Kankaanpaeae, Tuomas and Vesterinen, Eero and Vesterinen, Eero J. and Lehvavirta, Susanna and Lehvävirta, Susanna and Kotze, David Johannes
Title:Arthropod Communities on Young Vegetated Roofs Are More Similar to Each Other Than to Communities at Ground Level
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:10
Article number:785448
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
ISSN:2296-701X
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
Keywords:green roof, arthropod, community assembly, early succession, urban ecology
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116511
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116511
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/fevo.2022.785448
Web of Science (WoS)000766682800001
ID Code:27545
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:13 Apr 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:13 Apr 2022 10:31

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