Formation of Rodent Communities in Arable Lands of Northern Eurasia

Formation of Rodent Communities in Arable Lands of Northern Eurasia Rodent communities of crop fields have been demonstrated to fundamentally differ from rodent communities of natural biotopes. Communities dominated by Microtus arvaliss. lato, Mus musculus, and Apodemus agrariusoccupy the largest areas of arable fields in northern Eurasia. These are typical “agrophiles.” They usually rapidly colonize various crop fields, inhabit them seasonally or throughout the year, and successfully reproduce there, losing their connections with natural biotopes. Agriculture helps a few agrophilic species to flourish but reduces the general diversity of rodents. Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Formation of Rodent Communities in Arable Lands of Northern Eurasia

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2001 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
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