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Towards Quantifying Carrion Biomass in Ecosystems

Barton, Philip; Evans, Maldwyn; Foster, Claire; Pechal, Jennifer L.; Bump, Joseph K.; Quaggiotto, Maria-Martina; Benbow, M. Eric


The decomposition of animal biomass (carrion) contributes to the recycling of energy and nutrients through ecosystems. Whereas the role of plant decomposition in ecosystems is broadly recognised, the significance of carrion to ecosystem functioning remains poorly understood. Quantitative data on carrion biomass are lacking and there is no clear pathway towards improved knowledge in this area. Here, we present a framework to show how quantities derived from individual carcasses can be scaled up...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-10-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.001
Access Rights: Open Access


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