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Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods [Global Change Biology]

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

Urban green spaces provide ecosystem services to city residents, but their management is hindered by a poor understanding of their ecology. We examined a novel ecosystem service relevant to urban public health and esthetics: the consumption of littered food waste by arthropods. Theory and data from natural systems suggest that the magnitude and resilience of this service should increase with biological diversity...

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