From bacteria to birds: tropical plantations disrupt biodiversity

A research team at the University of Göttingen has conducted a large-scale study in Indonesia to understand how the conversion of rainforest to rubber and oil palm plantations alters biodiversity of these ecosystems. The researchers found that land-use change directly reduces the number of different species as well as the number of individual plants and animals, especially at the highest trophic levels, and that interactions among different organisms control how the whole ecosystem responds to land use. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)