Using dietary metabarcoding analyses to characterise waterbirds-agriculture interactions

Amelie Corriveau, Marcel Klaassen, Stephen Garnett, Mirjam Kaestli, Matthew Power, Mahsa Mousavi-Derazmahalleh, Megan Coghlan, Keith Christian, Michael Bunce & Hamish Campbell
Globally, the use of agricultural fields by waterbirds has increased, resulting in conflicts with farmers. Designing effective management strategies to resolve these conflicts requires understanding the species’ resource use. Dietary analyses can shed light on the extent of consumption of agricultural crops and surrounding natural resources, as well as the potential relationship between diet and an individual’s body condition and ultimately its fitness. We examined the dietary composition of the tropical magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata),...
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