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University of Western Australia (2021)

Conservation status of bioturbator mammals and their potential role in restoring degraded agricultural landscapes

Beca Gabrielle

Titre : Conservation status of bioturbator mammals and their potential role in restoring degraded agricultural landscapes

Auteur : Beca Gabrielle

Université de soutenance : University of Western Australia

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2021

Résumé
Soil-disturbing mammals are considered to be important ecosystem engineers. While searching for subterranean resources, building shelter, or nesting underground, they modify habitat characteristics and affect the availability of resources to other species. These animals’ activities are also likely to create important sites for seed germination and fungal activity. In this thesis, I evaluate the conservation status of bioturbator mammals around the world, experimentally test the benefits that Australian digging mammals can provide in restoring degraded landscapes through improving soil health and promoting seedling recruitment, and assess the potential role of these animals as seed dispersers.

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