Loss and fragmentation of habitat are among the main reasons why biodiversity is decreasing in many places worldwide. Now, a research team has established that the destruction of habitat causes double damage to biodiversity; if habitat patches disappear, not only do the species living there become extinct, but species richness in neighbouring patches also declines. The reason is the large physical distances between the remaining habitat patches, the researchers write in the journal Ecology Letters.
- Ecology Letters
- German Centre of Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle?Jena?Leipzig, German Research Foundation, Austrian Science Fund, Lower Austria, European Regional Development Fund