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The 2024 Newcomb Cleveland Prize celebrates cross-cultural research between western and Indigenous scientists

The award has been given to an interdisciplinary research team with the participation of scientists from the Doñana Biological Station – CSIC
The study looked into the evolutionary...

Enhacing pollinator conservation through landscape heterogeneity

Having 20% of semi-natural habitats is key for ensuring healthy pollinator populations in Europe. OBServ projectaimed to leverage pollinators and the ecosystem services they provide as a key model...

El Museo Casa de la Ciencia de Sevilla estrena hoy dos nuevas exposiciones sobre biodiversidad y plásticos

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New study shows that seagulls transport hundreds of kilos of plastic from landfills into natural reserves

Researchers from the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) have developed a plastic deposition model based on the diet and movement of gulls monitored by GPS telemetry, while feeding in landfills in...

Scientific evidence is undeniable: aquifer exploitation is causing serious impacts on the most iconic national park in Spain

A scientific team from the Doñana Biological Station and the Geological and Mining Institute, institutes of the Spanish National Research Council, has reviewed more than 70 studies and demonstrates...

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Downsized mutualisms: Consequences of seed dispersers’ body-size reduction for early plant recruitment

Downsized mutualisms: Consequences of seed dispersers' body-size reduction for early plant recruitment

Human-driven body-size reduction of frugivorous vertebrates may entail the loss of seed dispersal functions, impairing plant regeneration. Here, the consequences of body-size reduction of Giant Canarian lizards (g. Gallotia, Lacertidae) on the recruitment of Neochamaelea pulverulenta (Rutaceae), an endemic shrub relying exclusively on these frugivores for seed dispersal, are evaluated. Results show that the age structure patterns (quantitative component) did not differ, but significant reductions in effective recruitment rate, and seedling vigour in populations hosting small- to medium-sized lizard species, are found. Results highlight the importance of conserving the full range of functional processes (qualitative and quantitative components) involved in mutualistic interactions crucial for the persistence of local regeneration and plant population dynamics. informacion[at]ebd.csic.es Pérez-Méndez et al (2015).  Downsized mutualisms: Consequences of seed dispersers' body-size reduction for early plant recruitment. Perspect Plant Ecol Evol Syst DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2014.12.001