Long-term variations in rodent abundance in a rural landscape of the Pampas, Argentina

Authors
Fraschina, Jimena; Leon, Vanina Andrea; Busch, Maria
Publication Year
2012
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The goal of this study was to analyze the variations in abundance of rodent communities over the last 24 years in a rural area, and their relation to possible changes in climatic variables and land use. The principal change in the area observed along the study period was an increase in the area covered by soybean. The habitats studied were crop fields and borders. The total abundance of rodents did not show a significant trend of variation over time in crop fields while in borders the abundance in autumn-winter (A-W) showed a significant trend to decrease over time. The different rodent species showed a differential response over time. While Calomys laucha and C. musculinus showed a decrease between the period before and after the soybean expansion, Akodon azarae did not change its abundance over time. The mean minimum temperature increased over time while the number of days with frost decreased. Total rodent abundance in A-W was positively associated with the cumulated precipitation of the previous spring-summer period and negatively with the cumulated precipitation of the same period. We conclude that rodent abundance variations in crop fields and borders of the study area are influenced by precipitation, but the observed trends of variation over time are better explained by changes in agricultural practices than by meteorological variables.
Fil: Fraschina, Jimena. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución. Laboratorio de Ecología de Poblaciones; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Leon, Vanina Andrea. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución. Laboratorio de Ecología de Poblaciones; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Fil: Busch, Maria. Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Departamento de Ecología, Genética y Evolución. Laboratorio de Ecología de Poblaciones; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina
Subject
AGROECOSYSTEMS
CLIMATE VARIATION
LAND USE
RODENT COMMUNITIES
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/68866