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Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815

Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815
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  • Updated list of Collembola species currently recorded from South Africa

    Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Deharveng, Louis; Bedos, Anne; Chown, Steven L. (2015)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    International audience; Understanding the abundance and richness of species is one of the most fundamental steps in effecting their conservation. Despite global recognition of the significance of the below-ground component of diversity for ecosystem functioning, the soil remains a poorly studied terrestrial ecosystem. In South Africa, knowledge is increasing for a variety of soil faunal groups, but many still remain poorly understood. We have started to address this gap in the knowledge of So...

    Growth and reproduction of laboratory-reared neanurid Collembola using a novel slime mould diet

    Hoskins, Jessica L.; Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Chown, Steven L.; Duffy, Grant A. (2015)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    Although significant progress has been made using insect taxa as model organisms, non-tracheated terrestrial arthropods, such as Collembola, are underrepresented as model species. This underrepresentation reflects the difficulty in maintaining populations of specialist Collembola species in the laboratory. Until now, no species from the family Neanuridae have been successfully reared. Here we use controlled growth experiments to provide explicit evidence that the species Neanura muscorum can ...

    Interactions between rates of temperature change and acclimation affect latitudinal patterns of warming tolerance

    Allen, Jessica L; Chown, Steven L; Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Clusella-Trullas, Susana (2016)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    Abstract Critical thermal limits form an increasing component of the estimation of impacts of global change on ectotherms. Whether any consistent patterns exist in the interactive effects of rates of temperature change (or experimental ramping rates) and acclimation on critical thermal limits and warming tolerance (one way of assessing sensitivity to climate change) is, however, far from clear. Here, we examine the interacting effects of ramping rate and acclimation on the critical thermal ma...

    Basal resistance enhances warming tolerance of alien over indigenous species across latitude

    Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Phillips, Laura; Sgrò, Carla M.; Duffy, Grant A.; Hallas, Rebecca; Chown, Steven L. (2017)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    Soil systems are being increasingly exposed to the interactive effects of biological invasions and climate change, with rising temperatures expected to benefit alien over indigenous species. We assessed this expectation for an important soil-dwelling group, the springtails, by determining whether alien species show broader thermal tolerance limits and greater tolerance to climate warming than their indigenous counterparts. We found that, from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic, alien species ha...

    Taxonomy of the Cryptopygus complex. II. Affinity of austral Cryptopygus s.s. and Folsomia, with the description of two new Folsomia species (Collembola, Isotomidae)

    Potapov, Mikhail; Janion-Scheepers, Charlene; Deharveng, Louis (2017)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    Folsomia minorae sp. n. and F. australica sp. n. are described from New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Their possible affinity to two different groups of Cryptopygus sensu stricto is discussed. Attention is paid to the variability of sensillary patterns of the genital segment in Cryptopygus: mainly, all s-chaetae are subequal, but in more advanced forms the dorsal triplet, lateral duplet or either of them become macrochaeta-like in length. Cryptopygus ulrikeae (= Folsomia ulrikeae Najt ...

    Biological invasions, climate change and genomics

    Chown, Steven L; Hodgins, Kathryn A; Griffin, Philippa C; Oakeshott, John G; Byrne, Margaret; Hoffmann, Ary A (2014)
    Projects: ARC | Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102815 (DP140102815)
    The rate of biological invasions is expected to increase as the effects of climate change on biological communities become widespread. Climate change enhances habitat disturbance which facilitates the establishment of invasive species, which in turn provides opportunities for hybridization and introgression. These effects influence local biodiversity that can be tracked through genetic and genomic approaches. Metabarcoding and metagenomic approaches provide a way of monitoring some types of c...
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