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Kategorie Textpublikation
Referenztyp Zeitschriften
DOI 10.1111/ddi.12359
Titel (primär) Global patterns of agricultural land-use intensity and vertebrate diversity
Autor Kehoe, L.; Kuemmerle, T.; Meyer, C.; Levers, C.; Václavík, T.; Kreft, H.
Quelle Diversity and Distributions
Erscheinungsjahr 2015
Department CLE
Band/Volume 21
Heft 11
Seite von 1308
Seite bis 1318
Sprache englisch
Keywords Biodiversity conservation;endemism richness;global agriculture;land-use change;land-use intensity;sustainable intensification
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Land-use change is the single biggest cause of biodiversity loss. With a rising demand for resources, understanding how and where agriculture threatens biodiversity is of increasing importance. Agricultural expansion has received much attention, but where high agricultural land-use intensity (LUI) threatens biodiversity remains unclear. We address this knowledge gap with two main research questions: (1) Where do global patterns of LUI coincide with the spatial distribution of biodiversity? (2) Where are regions of potential conflict between different aspects of high LUI and high biodiversity?




We overlaid thirteen LUI metrics with endemism richness, a range size-weighted species richness indicator, for mammals, birds and amphibians. We then used local indicators of spatial association to delineate statistically significant (< 0.05) areas of high and low LUI associated with biodiversity.


Patterns of LUI are heterogeneously distributed in areas of high endemism richness, thus discouraging the use of a single metric to represent LUI. Many regions where high LUI and high endemism richness coincide, for example in South America, China and Eastern Africa, are not within currently recognized biodiversity hotspots. Regions of currently low LUI and high endemism richness, found in many parts of Mesoamerica, Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia, may be at risk as intensification accelerates.

Main conclusions

We provide a global view of the geographic patterns of LUI and its concordance with endemism richness, shedding light on regions where highly intensive agriculture and unique biodiversity coincide. Past assessments of land-use impacts on biodiversity have either disregarded LUI or included a single metric to measure it. This study demonstrates that such omission can substantially underestimate biodiversity threat. A wider spectrum of relevant LUI metrics needs to be considered when balancing agricultural production and biodiversity.

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Kehoe, L., Kuemmerle, T., Meyer, C., Levers, C., Václavík, T., Kreft, H. (2015):
Global patterns of agricultural land-use intensity and vertebrate diversity
Divers. Distrib. 21 (11), 1308 - 1318 10.1111/ddi.12359