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dc.creatorAncillotto, Leonardo
dc.creatorAriano, Alessandro
dc.creatorNardone, Valentina
dc.creatorBudinski, Ivana
dc.creatorRydell, Jens
dc.creatorRusso, Danilo
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-23T11:33:48Z
dc.date.available2900-01-01
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0167880917301111
dc.identifier.urihttp://ibiss-r.rcub.bg.ac.rs/123456789/2630
dc.description.abstractTraditional agropastoralism increases biodiversity by maintaining habitats whose existence depends on human practices as well as by providing wildlife, including bats, with key spatial and trophic resources. Bats in farmland are crucial predators of crop pests, thus offering an economically important ecosystem service. It seems possible that bats may also provide services by feeding on insects associated with livestock. We tested whether bats forage over cattle in a traditionally managed pastoral area of central Italy, i.e. setting the bases for providing pest control services. We found that small bat species (mostly Pipistrellus spp.) foraged preferentially over livestock, and that their activity increased, but then reached a plateau or slightly decreased, for progressively larger herds. Landscape complexity also led to an increase in bat activity over livestock. Since insects attracted to cattle at night typically include flies such as mosquitoes (Culicidae) and biting midges (Ceratopogonidae), which are potentially harmful to cattle and may carry serious diseases, and that bats such as Pipistrellus spp. are important predators of such flies, we argue that bats may play a valuable pest-suppression role.
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dc.sourceAgriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
dc.subjectFarming
dc.subjectInsectivory
dc.subjectParasites
dc.subjectPest suppression
dc.subjectTraditional pastoralism
dc.titleEffects of free-ranging cattle and landscape complexity on bat foraging: Implications for bat conservation and livestock management
dc.typearticle
dcterms.abstractРyделл, Јенс; Aриано, Aлессандро; Aнциллотто, Леонардо; Руссо, Данило; Будински, Ивана; Нардоне, Валентина;
dc.rights.holder© 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.citation.volume241
dc.description.otherAgriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2017), 241: 54-61
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.agee.2017.03.001
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-85014682021
dc.identifier.wos000404320400005
dc.citation.apaAncillotto, L., Ariano, A., Nardone, V., Budinski, I., Rydell, J., & Russo, D. (2017). Effects of free-ranging cattle and landscape complexity on bat foraging: Implications for bat conservation and livestock management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 241, 54–61.
dc.citation.vancouverAncillotto L, Ariano A, Nardone V, Budinski I, Rydell J, Russo D. Effects of free-ranging cattle and landscape complexity on bat foraging: Implications for bat conservation and livestock management. Agric Ecosyst Environ. 2017;241:54–61.
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