What is it about?
We discuss the impact of replacing native forests with pastures and large-scale exotic forest plantations on amphibians and reptiles. We present findings from a review of 41 scientific articles representing 191 statistical comparisons between pastures or forest plantations and native forests in 19 countries.
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Why is it important?
The study reveals that establishing pastures has a significant negative effect on the abundance and richness of amphibians and reptiles, acting as barriers to their dispersion. Exotic forest plantations, especially intensive monocultures, also adversely affect tropical amphibians, particularly in the Neotropics, where a large percentage of such plantations exist. The study suggests that mixed forest plantations, established on unused pastures, could be a conservation opportunity if carefully managed to mimic native forest conditions and promote biodiversity.
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This page is a summary of: Impacts of pastures and forestry plantations on herpetofauna: A global meta‐analysis, Journal of Applied Ecology, October 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14299.
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