Ecosystem services provided by bats
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- Ecosystem services provided by bats
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- Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
- Kunz, Thomas H.
Braun de Torrez, Elizabeth
Fleming, Theodore H.
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- Arthropod Suppression ( local )
Biological Pest Control ( local )
Ecosystem Valuation ( local )
Insectivory ( local )
Pesticide Reduction ( local )
Pollination ( local )
Seed Dispersal ( local )
Sustainable Agriculture ( local )
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- Ecosystem services are the benefits obtained from the environment that increase human wellâ€being. Economic valuation is conducted by measuring the human welfare gains or losses that result from changes in the provision of ecosystem services. Bats have long been postulated to play important roles in arthropod suppression, seed dispersal, and pollination; however, only recently have these ecosystem services begun to be thoroughly evaluated. Here, we review the available literature on the ecological and economic impact of ecosystem services provided by bats. We describe dietary preferences, foraging behaviors, adaptations, and phylogenetic histories of insectivorous, frugivorous, and nectarivorous bats worldwide in the context of their respective ecosystem services. For each trophic ensemble, we discuss the consequences of these ecological interactions on both natural and agricultural systems. Throughout this review, we highlight the research needed to fully determine the ecosystem services in question. Finally, we provide a comprehensive overview of economic valuation of ecosystem services. Unfortunately, few studies estimating the economic value of ecosystem services provided by bats have been conducted to date; however, we outline a framework that could be used in future studies to more fully address this question. Consumptive goods provided by bats, such as food and guano, are often exchanged in markets where the market price indicates an economic value. Nonmarket valuation methods can be used to estimate the economic value of nonconsumptive services, including inputs to agricultural production and recreational activities. Information on the ecological and economic value of ecosystem services provided by bats can be used to inform decisions regarding where and when to protect or restore bat populations and associated habitats, as well as to improve public perception of bats.
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- Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1223, no. 1 (2011-03-30).
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- University of South Florida Library
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- University of South Florida
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