Ants show the way Down Under: invertebrates as bioindicators in land management

  title={Ants show the way Down Under: invertebrates as bioindicators in land management},
  author={Alan N. Andersen and Jonathan D. Majer},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
  • A. AndersenJ. Majer
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
The sight of land managers poring over ant checklists is a regular occurrence in Australia, where ant monitoring has been successfully applied to a wide range of land-use situations. The robustness of ants as ecological indicators has been consistently demonstrated, and is supported by an extensive understanding of their community dynamics in relation to disturbance. Despite the widespread recognition of the value of terrestrial invertebrates as bioindicators, the use of ants represents one of… 

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