Biocenotic consequences of small mammal population control in natural ecosystems

Biocenotic consequences of small mammal population control in natural ecosystems Measures to control populations of small mammals in natural ecosystems are taken because of their involvement in plague epizootics and probable competition for food with livestock in pastures. These measures are aimed at the keystone species of biocenosis, whose removal leads to breakage of biocenotic connections and reduction of species diversity. Moreover, available data show that these measures fail to restrain the development of epizootics in natural plague foci and do not bring expectable economic profit when applied in pastures. This is evidence that the practice of small mammal population control is inexpedient. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Biocenotic consequences of small mammal population control in natural ecosystems

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Publisher
Pleiades Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Ecology; Environment, general
ISSN
1067-4136
eISSN
1608-3334
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1067413615020101
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Abstract

Measures to control populations of small mammals in natural ecosystems are taken because of their involvement in plague epizootics and probable competition for food with livestock in pastures. These measures are aimed at the keystone species of biocenosis, whose removal leads to breakage of biocenotic connections and reduction of species diversity. Moreover, available data show that these measures fail to restrain the development of epizootics in natural plague foci and do not bring expectable economic profit when applied in pastures. This is evidence that the practice of small mammal population control is inexpedient.

Journal

Russian Journal of EcologySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 22, 2015

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