Resource patchiness, dispersal and species co-occurrence: an experimental and levels-of-evidence approach in some lowland streams

Grant number: DP0772854

Abstract

Millions of dollars are being spent on rehabilitating river ecosystems that have often been highly simplified by human activities. It is important that such rehabilitation be well-grounded in sound ecological knowledge. We will test how the availability of essential resources of food and living space affect the identity and density of species present. We expect to provide practical advice allowing managers to enhance biodiversity in streams surrounded by, and serving, agricultural areas. Likewise, we will be able to advise on the consequences of excessive water extraction on the likely success of such rehabilitation in rivers with highly variable flows.

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