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Landscape composition, connectivity and fragment size drive effects of grassland fragmentation on insect communities

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Year of publication2013
Author(s)Verena Rösch
Co-authorsTeja Tscharntke, Christoph Scherber, Péter Batáry
JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
Magazine No.50
Publication typeJournal, booklet
Calcareous grasslands are among the most species-rich habitats in Europe, but are increasingly threatened due to abandonment and fragmentation. Little is known about how the surrounding landscape influences fragmentation effects. Here, we focus on the interaction between habitat fragmentation and landscape composition on leafhoppers, a highly diverse group of insects, including many species that are likely to be vulnerable to changes in their environment.