Life on the edge is dangerous
Leipzig. Intensive farming, sprawling towns, and dense road networks – the modern world leaves less and less space for animals and plants. Consequently, these species are forced to contend with shrinking refuges that are also becoming further apart. But not all react equally sensitively, which is even true for members of the same species, as demonstrated by a new study of the UFZ and Leipzig University in the scientific journal Landscape Ecology. According to the study, animals living on the edge of their range suffer more from the fragmentation of their habitat than their fellows in the centre. The study was led by iDiv members Prof Klaus Henle of UFZ und Prof Martin Schlegel of Leipzig University.
Read more in the press release of UFZ: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=36336&webc_pm=40/2016
Klaus Henle, Claudia Andres, Detlef Bernhard, Annegret Grimm, Pavel Stoev, Nikolay Tzankov, Martin Schlegel (2016): Are species genetically more sensitive to habitat fragmentation on the periphery of their range compared to the core? A case study on the sand lizard (Lacerta agilis); Landscape Ecology, online edition