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Foraging animals create fertile patches in an Australian desert shrubland

Foraging animals create fertile patches in an Australian desert shrubland,10.1111/j.1600-0587.2009.05450.x,Ecography,Alex I. James,David J. Eldridge,B

Foraging animals create fertile patches in an Australian desert shrubland   (Citations: 6)
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Journal: Ecography , 2009
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    • ...The foraging pits they create act as traps for organic matter and seed, becoming patches with enhanced nutrient levels, with greater levels of plantavailable nitrogen and carbon than the surrounding soil matrix (James and Eldridge 2007; James et al. 2009)...
    • ...Rabbit pits are relatively shallow, however, compared with bilby and bettong pits, and may be unable to retain litter for long periods (James et al. 2009)...
    • ...Further, rabbits create fewer pits, and thus their per capita pit production is likely substantially less than that of the native engineers (James and Eldridge 2007; James et al. 2009)...
    • ...The two paddocks were relatively similar in their vegetation structure and composition, and would represent typical, though slightly degraded, landscapes within which the reintroduced species would have occurred prior to European settlement (James et al. 2009)...
    • ...Algorithms in James et al. (2009) were used to calculate soil mass from measurements of pit diameter and depth...
    • ...analysis. We used algorithms in James et al. (2009 )t o calculate the volumes of pits, based on measurements of their diameters and depth...
    • ...This would likely influence plant-available nutrients, infiltration and soil moisture, and diurnal and night-time temperatures (Gutterman 1997; Alkon 1999; Eldridge and Mensinga 2007; James and Eldridge 2007; Eldridge and Whitford 2009; James et al. 2009)...

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