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Chuan Yan, Lei Xu, Tongqin Xu, Xiaoping Cao, Fusheng Wang, Shuqing Wang, Shoushen Hao, Hefang Yang and Zhibin Zhang Agricultural irrigation mediates climatic effects and density dependence in population dynamics of Chinese striped hamster in North China Plain Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 2 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02037.x

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Warmer weather is shown to increase population sizes in non-breeding seasons, but this effect is counteracted by the negative effect of flood irrigation in breeding seasons. Agricultural activity is found to alter density dependence in breeding seasons. The results indicate that we need to consider anthropogenic disturbance as an integral component of population responses to climate change.

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