Towards quantifying carrion biomass in ecosystems

Barton, P. S., Evans, M. J., Foster, C. N., Pechal, J. L., Bump, J. K., Quaggiotto, M.-M. and Benbow, M. E. (2019) Towards quantifying carrion biomass in ecosystems. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 34(10), pp. 950-961. (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.001) (PMID:31256926)

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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 using population metrics, allowing for comparisons among ecosystems and other forms of biomass. Our framework facilitates the generation of new data that is critical to building a quantitative understanding of the contribution of carrion to trophic processes and ecosystem stocks and flows.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:PSB was funded by the Australian Research Council (DE150100026). JKB was supported by grants from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF ID#1545611, NSF ID#1556676).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Quaggiotto, Dr Maria Martina
Authors: Barton, P. S., Evans, M. J., Foster, C. N., Pechal, J. L., Bump, J. K., Quaggiotto, M.-M., and Benbow, M. E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):1872-8383
Published Online:27 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34(10): 950-961
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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