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Transport Distance of Invertebrate Environmental DNA in a Natural River
The results indicate that there may be species' specific transport distances for eDNA and demonstrate for the first time that invertebrate eDNA can persist over relatively large distances in a natural river system.
Climatic warming increases voltinism in European butterflies and moths
- F. Altermatt
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 22 April 2010
Using a dataset extending back to the mid-nineteenth century, changes in the voltinism of butterfly and moth species of Central Europe are reported, showing a significant proportion of 263 multi-voltine species showed augmented frequency of second and subsequent generations relative to the first generation in a warm period since 1980.
Choice of capture and extraction methods affect detection of freshwater biodiversity from environmental DNA
Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities
The use of eDNA metabarcoding for surveying animal and plant richness, and the challenges in using eDNA approaches to estimate relative abundance are reviewed, which distill what is known about the ability of different eDNA sample types to approximate richness in space and across time.
Diversity in riverine metacommunities: a network perspective
- F. Altermatt
- Environmental ScienceAquatic Ecology
- 14 August 2013
It is shown how appropriate metrics describing network centrality and dispersal distances are superior to classic measures still applied in aquatic ecology, such as Strahler order or Euclidian distance, which can be applied to conservation and river restoration projects.
Dendritic connectivity controls biodiversity patterns in experimental metacommunities
- F. Carrara, F. Altermatt, I. Rodríguez‐Iturbe, A. Rinaldo
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 28 March 2012
The results establish that spatially constrained dendritic connectivity is a key factor for community composition and population persistence.
Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you when you fly: diet can predict phenological changes in response to climate change.
- F. Altermatt
- Environmental ScienceEcology letters
- 1 December 2010
Tests using a > 150-year dataset from 566 European butterfly and moth species demonstrated that variation in phenological change was strongly related to traits describing plant-herbivore interactions (larval diet breadth, diet composition), and the life cycle.
The ecological forecast horizon, and examples of its uses and determinants
Five case studies illustrate the influence of various sources of uncertainty, level of ecological organisation, and organismal properties on temporal, spatial and phylogenetic forecast horizons and demonstrate that the ecological forecast horizon is a flexible and powerful tool for researching and communicating ecological predictability.
Environmental DNA reveals that rivers are conveyer belts of biodiversity information
- Kristy Deiner, E. A. Fronhofer, E. Mächler, J. Walser, F. Altermatt
- Environmental SciencebioRxiv
- 27 May 2016
It is shown for a subset of these families that eDNA samples overcome spatial autocorrelation biases associated with the classical community assessments by integrating biodiversity information over space, suggesting eDNA in river water also incorporates biodiversity information across terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
Handbook of protocols for standardized measurement of terrestrial invertebrate functional traits
This handbook is a crucial first step towards standardizing trait methodology across the most studied terrestrial invertebrate groups, and the protocols are aimed to balance general applicability and requirements for special cases or particular taxa.