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Sarah A. Beynon, Darren J. Mann, Eleanor M. Slade and Owen T. Lewis Species-rich dung beetle communities buffer ecosystem services in perturbed agro-ecosystems Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02210.x

The interacting effects of dung beetle species richness and ivermectin highlight the importance of maintaining diverse assemblages in the face of anthropogenic perturbations and suggest that apparent functional redundancy of species in agro-ecosystems should be interpreted cautiously. Furthermore, different farm management practices (e.g. pesticide use and fragmentation of habitats) may have consequences for ecosystem functions and services that exceed the effects of each when considered in isolation.

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