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Niche partitioning in a guild of invasive mammalian predators

Predators compete aggressively for resources, establishing trophic hierarchies that influence ecosystem structure. Competitive interactions are particularly important in invaded ecosystems where introduced predators can suppress…
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The tails of two invasive species: genetic responses to acute and chronic bottlenecks

Genetic diversity can affect population viability and can be reduced by both acute and chronic mechanisms. Using the history of the establishment and management of…
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Selection and characterization of DNA aptamers for the rat major urinary protein 13 (MUP13) as selective biorecognition elements for sensitive detection of rat pests

Among invasive mammalian predators, rats represent a major threat, endangering ecosystem functioning worldwide. After rat-control operations, detecting their continued presence or reinvasion requires more sensitive…
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Modeling CRISPR gene drives for suppression of invasive rodents using a supervised machine learning framework

Invasive rodent populations pose a threat to biodiversity across the globe. When confronted with these invaders, native species that evolved independently are often defenseless. CRISPR…
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The clock is ticking: Temporally prioritizing eradications on islands

Achieving conservation objectives is time critical, but the vast number of threats and potential actions means some form of ranking is necessary to aid prioritization.…
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Leveraging Motivations, Personality, and Sensory Cues for Vertebrate Pest Management

Managing vertebrate pests is a global conservation challenge given their undesirable socio-ecological impacts. Pest management often focuses on the ‘average’ individual, neglecting individual-level behavioural variation…
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Invasive macrophytes induce context‐specific effects on oxygen, pH, and temperature in a hydropeaking reservoir

Dense macrophyte beds are known to produce extreme diurnal oxygen and temperature conditions in shallow lakes. However their influences in managed hydropeaking reservoirs has received…
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Biotic interactions could control colonization success during stream restoration

Biotic interactions involved in colonization are likely important if tolerant aquatic taxa, which have settled first, prevent desired taxa from colonizing when conditions improve. These…
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Integrative analysis of stressor gradients reveals multiple discrete trait‐defined axes underlie community assembly

The generalizable functional attributes of organisms (traits) relate strongly to their environment across multiple levels of biological organization, making trait-based approaches a powerful mechanistic framework…
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Negative resistance and resilience: biotic mechanisms underpin delayed biological recovery in stream restoration

Traditionally, resistance and resilience are associated with good ecological health, often underpinning restoration goals. However, degraded ecosystems can also be highly resistant and resilient, making…
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The potential role of biotic interactions in stream restoration

Biotic interactions perform an important role in structuring freshwater communities; however, these are rarely considered during stream restoration. Degraded stream communities are often dominated by…
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Understanding farmer behaviour: A psychological approach to encouraging pro-biodiversity actions on-farm

Understanding farmer behaviour and drivers for behaviour change will be the key to bringing about practice change, such as increasing management and enhancement of native…
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Managing and protecting native biodiversity on-farm – what do sheep and beef farmers think?

Despite one-third of New Zealand’s landmass being protected as public conservation land, the country still faces significant conservation challenges. Nearly 50% of the country’s landmass…
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Farm scale assessment of the impacts of biodiversity enhancement on the financial and environmental performance of mixed livestock farms in New Zealand

In New Zealand, 25% of the remaining indigenous vegetation cover is found on mixed livestock farms located predominantly in hill country. Despite evidence that adding…
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Modelling movement and landscape connectivity of New Zealand native birds in highly structured agroecosystem networks

Understanding how spatial heterogeneity affects movement and dispersal is critical for maintaining functional connectivity in agroecosystems. Least-cost path models are popular conservation tools to quantify…
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Non-production vegetation has a positive effect on ecological processes in agroecosystems

An ever-expanding human population, ongoing global climatic changes, and the spread of intensive farming practices is putting increasing pressure on agroecosystems and the inherent biodiversity…
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