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- Frank, Kevin; Hülsmann, Marietta; Assmann, Thorsten; Schmitt, Thomas; Blüthgen, Nico
- Agriculture, ecosystems & environment 2017 v.243 pp. 114-122
- Aphodius; Cervus elaphus; Geotrupes; Onthophagus; adverse effects; anthropogenic activities; biogeochemical cycles; biomass; coniferous forests; cows; detritivores; dung beetles; ecosystem services; environmental factors; feces; foxes; game animals; grasslands; grazing intensity; habitat preferences; habitats; harvesting; horses; insect communities; land use; mowing; sheep; soil quality; surveys; wild boars; wood; Germany
- ... Dung beetles (Scarabaeidae) are common detritivores, and especially the tunnelling genera Geotrupes, Anoplotrupes and Onthophagus enhance the soil quality and support nutrient cycles by rapid burial of mammalian dung. These functionally important beetles are faced with a wide range of anthropogenic disturbances and changes in environmental conditions due to land use. We thus conducted quantitative ...