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Kirsten Jung, Sonja Kaiser, Stefan Böhm, Jens Nieschulze and Elisabeth K. V. Kalko Moving in three dimensions: effects of structural complexity on occurrence and activity of insectivorous bats in managed forest stands Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 8 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02116.x

High-resolution LiDAR data are an important tool to assess structural habitat suitability for bat species. Our data revealed that bat occurrence and activity increases with structural heterogeneity in managed forest stands. Given, that bats provide an essential ecosystem service through top-down control of herbivorous insects, increasing stand structural heterogeneity through management practices (e.g. selective harvesting) is a very effective strategy to assure vital ecosystem functioning in production forest systems.

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