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Cerrado wetlands: multiple ecosystems deserving legal protection as a unique and irreplaceable treasure
Giselda Durigan, Cássia Beatriz Munhoz, Maria José Brito Zakia, Rafael S. Oliveira, Natashi A.L. Pilon, Raul Silva Telles do Valle, Bruno M.T. Walter, Eliane A. Honda, Arnildo Pott
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:185-96
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Highlights

  • Wetlands function as the “kidneys of the planet”, assuring water supply and quality.

  • Cerrado wetlands have distinct vegetation types playing equivalent ecological roles.

  • All types of Cerrado wetlands should have the same status of legal protection.

  • The maximum water-table elevation defines the wetlands’ limit, biota and functioning.

  • All human actions threatening the hydrology of Cerrado wetlands must be regulated.

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Are narrow-ranging species doomed to extinction? Projected dramatic decline in future climate suitability of two highly threatened species
Nicolas Dubos, Frederique Montfort, Clovis Grinand, Marie Nourtier, Gregory Deso, Jean-Michel Probst, Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka, Raphali Rodlis Andriantsimanarilafy, ... Angelica Crottini
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:18-28
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Highlights

  • The impact of future climate change on narrow-ranging species is poorly documented.

  • We used a combination of techniques and high-resolution predictors to fill this gap.

  • We predict a complete extirpation of suitable conditions across their range by 2070.

  • Climate risk may be higher than expected in tropical narrow-ranging species.

  • Proactive conservation actions are needed in tropical heterogeneous environments.

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Network science: Applications for sustainable agroecosystems and food security
Fredric M. Windsor, Dolors Armenteras, Ana Paula A. Assis, Julia Astegiano, Pamela C. Santana, Luciano Cagnolo, Luísa G. Carvalheiro, Clive Emary, ... Darren M. Evans
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:79-90
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Highlights

  • We reviewed the use of network science in sustainable agriculture.

  • Network science can be used to understand, harness and restore ecological processes in agricultural systems.

  • Social, economic and ecological aspects of agriculture can be incorporated using novel methods.

  • Agricultural systems can be managed using a network-based framework.

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Divergent herb communities in drier and chronically disturbed areas of the Brazilian Caatinga
Ligia A.F. Vieira, Marcelo Tabarelli, Gustavo Souza, Rubens T. Queiroz, Bráulio A. Santos
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:132-40
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Highlights

  • Caatinga dry forests are becoming increasingly drier and chronically disturbed.

  • Herb communities negatively respond to rainfall reduction and increase disturbance.

  • Responses may be mediated by the local density of woody plants.

  • Multiple successional pathways should emerge with the new environmental conditions.

  • Management and conservation actions are urgent to protect Caatinga herb diversity.

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Minimum costs to conserve 80% of the Brazilian Amazon
José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luís Claudio Fernandes Barbosa, Julie Topf, Ima Célia G. Vieira, Fabio R. Scarano
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:216-22
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Highlights

  • Conserving ∼80% of the Brazilian Amazon is still feasible

  • Conservation areas are essential for a new regional development model

  • The cost of establishing.1.3 million km2 of new conservation areas is USD 1.0–1.6 billion

  • The annual cost of 3.5 million km2 of conservation areas is USD 1.7–2.8 billion

  • A new ambitious, decentralized, and agile fund mechanism is required

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Large herbivore-palm interactions modulate the spatial structure of seedling communities and productivity in Neotropical forests
Nacho Villar, Fabiana Rocha-Mendes, Roger Guevara, Mauro Galetti
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:45-59
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Highlights

  • Here we demonstrated that large mammalian herbivores play a fundamental role in plant consumption and trampling.

  • Because large herbivore activities are associated to palm fruit patches, we found that palm-herbivore association is an important component to understand forest productivity.

  • Defaunation and palm harvesting can lead to important changes in forest structure, biomass and diversity in tropical forests.

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Macroscale climate change predictions have little influence on landscape-scale habitat suitability
Luara Tourinho, Jayme A. Prevedello, Bruno M. Carvalho, Diogo S.B. Rocha, Mariana M. Vale
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:29-37
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Highlights

  • Climate change is unlikely to modify relative habitat suitability for birds at a landscape scale in the Atlantic Forest (AF).

  • AF landscapes with higher forest cover will remain more suitable regardless of climate change.

  • Predicted impacts of climate change are minor regardless the spatial scale at which climatic suitability is quantified.

  • Most AF landscapes have low habitat suitability for birds due to extensive deforestation.

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Natural grassland remnants in dynamic agricultural landscapes: identifying drivers of fragmentation
C. Ríos, F. Lezama, G. Rama, G. Baldi, S. Baeza
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:205-15
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Highlights

  • Multi-temporal cropland mask allows accurate classification of grassland remnants.

  • Grasslands of Uruguayan Eastern Plains are in an advanced stage of fragmentation.

  • Suitability for rice crop establishment drives the grassland fragmentation.

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Sailing into the past: Nautical charts reveal changes over 160 years in the largest reef complex in the South Atlantic Ocean
Carine O. Fogliarini, Guilherme O. Longo, Ronaldo B. Francini-Filho, Loren McClenachan, Mariana G. Bender
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:231-9
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Highlights

  • Nautical charts indicate historical decline in reef extension in the Abrolhos Bank.

  • Coastal reefs lost between 20–49% of their extension in the last 160 years.

  • Reef declines are linked to coral extraction for lime and coastal degradation.

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Fire and flood: How the Pantanal ant communities respond to multiple disturbances?
Filipe V. de Arruda, Fabrício B. Teresa, Viviane M.G. Layme, Ricardo E. Vicente, Flávio Camarota, Thiago J. Izzo
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2022;20:197-204
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Highlights

  • Fires affect the ant communities in the Brazilian Pantanal wetland.

  • Flooding, at a local scale, does not interact with fire to determine ant community structure.

  • Ant communities were resilient, and the observed effect of fire on their structure decreased after one year and was not noticed after four years.

  • Ant community recovery takes years, and there is a need for long intervals between fires to maintain the original ant community structure.

  • The observed increase in fire frequency can be detrimental to the ant community structure recovery, threatening the conservation of ants.

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