A phylogenetic community approach for studying termite communities in a West African savannah

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dc.contributor.authorHausberger, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorKorb, Judith
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:08:37Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:08:37Z-
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn17449561
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/8371-
dc.description.abstractTermites play fundamental roles in tropical ecosystems, and mound-building species in particular are crucial in enhancing species diversity, from plants to mammals. However, it is still unclear which factors govern the occurrence and assembly of termite communities. A phylogenetic community approach and null models of species assembly were used to examine structuring processes associated with termite community assembly in a pristine savannah. Overall, we did not find evidence for a strong influence of interspecific competition or environmental filtering in structuring these communities. However, the presence of a single species, the mound-building termite Macrotermes bellicosus, left a strong signal on structuring and led to clustered communities of more closely related species. Hence, this species changes the assembly rules for a whole community. Our results show the fundamental importance of a single insect species for community processes, suggesting that more attention to insect species is warranted when developing conservation strategies.
dc.description.sponsorshipGerman Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF)Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) [01 LC 0617G]; This project was supported by the German Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF; BIOLOG Project no. 01 LC 0617G).
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherROYAL SOC
dc.relation.ispartofBIOLOGY LETTERS
dc.subjectBiology
dc.subjectcommunity assembly
dc.subjectcompetition
dc.subjectEcology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectEvolutionary Biology
dc.subjecthabitat filtering
dc.subjectISOPTERA
dc.subjectLife Sciences & Biomedicine - Other Topics
dc.subjectMACROTERMES MICHAELSENI
dc.subjectMOUNDS
dc.subjectneutral theory
dc.subjectsavannah
dc.subjecttermites
dc.titleA phylogenetic community approach for studying termite communities in a West African savannah
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rsbl.2015.0625
dc.identifier.isiISI:000364774700009
dc.description.volume11
dc.description.issue10
dc.identifier.eissn1744957X
dc.publisher.place6-9 CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE, LONDON SW1Y 5AG, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationBiol. Lett.
dcterms.oaStatusGreen Published, Bronze
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