The Impact of Landscape Complexity on Invertebrate Diversity in Edges and Fields in an Agricultural AreaReport as inadecuate




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Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, Einsteinweg 2, Leiden 2333 CC, The Netherlands

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Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, Springfield, IL 62703, USA

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European Invertebrate Survey EIS-Naturalis Biodiversity Center, PO Box 9517, Leiden 2300 RA, The Netherlands



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Abstract Invertebrate diversity is important for a multitude of ecosystem services and as a component of the larger ecological food web. A better understanding of the factors influencing invertebrate taxonomic richness and diversity at both local and landscape scales is important for conserving biodiversity within the agricultural landscape. The aim of this study was to determine if invertebrate richness and diversity in agricultural field interiors and edges in central Illinois, USA, were related to the complexity of the surrounding landscape. Our results show taxonomic richness and diversity in field edges is positively related to large scale landscape complexity, but the relationship is negative for field interiors. These unexpected results need further study. View Full-Text

Keywords: biodiversity; taxonomic richness; diversity index; landscape complexity; North American agriculture biodiversity; taxonomic richness; diversity index; landscape complexity; North American agriculture





Author: Tracy R. Evans 1,2,* , Meredith J. Mahoney 2,†, Everett D. Cashatt 2,†, Jinze Noordijk 3,†, Geert de Snoo 1,† and C. J. M. Musters 1,†

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