Intensifying pasture grazing reduces the diversity of spiders in crop-livestock systems

Picture copyright James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster

Spiders provide important ecosystem services and reflect the impacts of land-use intensification. In the Brazilian subtropics, scientists Freiberg et al. found that low grazing intensities increased pasture ground spiders’ abundance and richness in a soybean-livestock farming system. Hence, by adjusting grazing intensity in pastures, farmers can promote and diversify the spider communities.

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