Even after death, animals are important in ecosystems

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Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Scientists have published these findings in PLOS ONE. Carcasses not only provide food for carrion-eating animals. Their nutrients also increase the growth of surrounding plants, which attracts many herbivorous insects and their predators. The researchers recommend relaxing regulations governing the disposal of animal carcasses when applied to conservation areas.

Period22-Jan-2020 → 13-Jul-2020

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  • TitleKadavers in de natuur: steeds meer kans dat je ze tegenkomt
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletRTL Nieuws
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date13/07/2020
    DescriptionDoodgereden wilde dieren zoals reeën worden steeds vaker teruggelegd in de natuur. Met een wezenloze blik, vaak hun tong uit de mond, helemaal stijf. Eng? Vies? "Zelfs de maden zijn waardevol."
    URLhttps://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/nederland/artikel/5170958/steeds-meer-kadaver-natuur
    PersonsRoel van Klink
  • Title'Landscape of fear': what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date08/07/2020
    DescriptionWhen 323 reindeer were killed by lightning on a remote Norwegian plateau, their bodies were left for nature to take its course.
    Producer/AuthorPhoebe Weston
    URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/08/landscape-of-fear-what-the-rotting-carcasses-of-reindeer-taught-scientists-aoe
    PersonsRoel van Klink
  • TitleRelax rules on animal disposal, say experts
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletDaily Nation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryKenya
    Date17/02/2020
    DescriptionScientists now want regulations governing the disposal of large animal carcasses not to be restrictive especially when applied to nature conservation areas.

    This was after they discovered animal carcasses played an important role in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems over prolonged periods.

    The scientists from German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research and the University of Groningen published these findings in the journal Plos One.
    Producer/AuthorGilbert Nakweya
    URLhttps://www.nation.co.ke/health/Scientists--animal-carcasses-useful/3476990-5443636-pr00x1/index.html
    PersonsRoel van Klink, Christian Smit
  • TitleGli animali sono importanti per gli ecosistemi anche dopo la morte
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletGreenreport
    Media typeWeb
    CountryItaly
    Date06/02/2020
    DescriptionGli scienziati chiedono regole meno stringenti sulle carcasse di animali nelle aree protette
    URLwww.greenreport.it/news/aree-protette-e-biodiversita/gli-animali-sono-importanti-per-gli-ecosistemi-anche-dopo-la-morte/
    PersonsRoel van Klink, Christian Smit
  • TitleTote Tiere sind wichtig fürs Ökosystem – auch bei uns
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNatur.de
    Media typeWeb
    CountryGermany
    Date24/01/2020
    DescriptionAus den Savannen Afrikas kennt man den Anblick von ausgeweideten und halbverwesten Kadavern von Wildtieren. Bei uns in Europa jedoch werden tote Tiere fast immer „aufgeräumt“ – schon wegen der strengen Richtlinien. Doch eine Studie belegt nun, dass Kadaver selbst in unseren nährstoffreichen Lebensräumen eine wichtige, positive Rolle für die Natur spielen. Sie erhöhen die lokale Artenvielfalt über Monate hinweg, wie Forscher berichten.
    Producer/AuthorNadja Podbregar
    URLhttps://www.wissenschaft.de/umwelt-natur/tote-tiere-sind-wichtig-fuers-oekosystem-auch-bei-uns/
    PersonsChristian Smit
  • TitleEven after death, animals are important in ecosystems
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScienceDaily
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date22/01/2020
    DescriptionAnimal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Scientists have published these findings in PLOS ONE. Carcasses not only provide food for carrion-eating animals. Their nutrients also increase the growth of surrounding plants, which attracts many herbivorous insects and their predators. The researchers recommend relaxing regulations governing the disposal of animal carcasses when applied to conservation areas.
    Producer/AuthorGerman Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
    URLhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122150022.htm
    PersonsRoel van Klink, Christian Smit
  • TitleCarcasses important for plants and insects in the Oostvaardersplassen
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUG News
    Media typeWeb
    CountryNetherlands
    Date22/01/2020
    DescriptionAllowing the carcasses of dead deer to remain in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve has a positive effect on biodiversity in the area. Not only do the carcasses attract many more insects and other arthropods in the short term – but also in the long term, due to increased plant growth. Plants located near animal carcasses became five times bigger than usual, leading to a surge in the number of plant-eating invertebrates on the plants and, therefore, also in the number of their predators. This is the conclusion of a recently published study conducted by UG researcher Dr Roel van Klink, which was conducted before the number of large grazers was drastically reduced in connection with updated nature management policy.
    Producer/AuthorUG press release
    URLhttps://www.rug.nl/news/2020/01/carcasses-important-for-plants-and-insects-in-the-oostvaardersplassen
    PersonsRoel van Klink