Genetic and morphological identification of dragonflies’ larvae species in three high elevation Andean tropical lakes was done using DNA barcoding of the cytochrome oxidase 1 gene (COI). Phylogeny allowed inferring the evolutionary relationships of at least 5 species (from 74 samples) that belong to two different families within the Odonata order.
Win some, lose some: mesocosm communities maintain community productivity despite lower phosphorus availability because of increased species diversityEva DeCock, An De Schrijver, Stephanie Schelfhout, Safaa Wasof, Margot Vanhellemont, Iris Moeneclaey, Jan Mertens & Kris Verheyen
Aims The restoration of degraded ecosystems typically focuses on establishing assemblages of target species, but successful recovery should also be evaluated by the ecosystem’s functioning to guarantee long-term persistence. We investigated how the processes underlying community assembly (i.e. species loss, species gain and changes in abundance of resident species) influenced ecosystem functioning in experimental grassland communities in different restoration states. Location A greenhouse experiment in Northern Flanders, Belgium. Methods We set up a mesocosm experiment...