Skip to content

Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Standard

Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions. / Russo, Danilo; Cosentino, Francesca; Festa, Francesca; De Benedetta, Flavia; Pejic, Branka; Cerretti, Pierfilippo; Ancillotto, Leonardo.

In: Environmental Pollution, Vol. 252, 01.09.2019, p. 1671-1677.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Harvard

Russo, D, Cosentino, F, Festa, F, De Benedetta, F, Pejic, B, Cerretti, P & Ancillotto, L 2019, 'Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions', Environmental Pollution, vol. 252, pp. 1671-1677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105

APA

Russo, D., Cosentino, F., Festa, F., De Benedetta, F., Pejic, B., Cerretti, P., & Ancillotto, L. (2019). Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions. Environmental Pollution, 252, 1671-1677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105

Vancouver

Russo D, Cosentino F, Festa F, De Benedetta F, Pejic B, Cerretti P et al. Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions. Environmental Pollution. 2019 Sep 1;252:1671-1677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105

Author

Russo, Danilo ; Cosentino, Francesca ; Festa, Francesca ; De Benedetta, Flavia ; Pejic, Branka ; Cerretti, Pierfilippo ; Ancillotto, Leonardo. / Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions. In: Environmental Pollution. 2019 ; Vol. 252. pp. 1671-1677.

Bibtex

@article{e051325191d04726b2d8ad8cfc22c110,
title = "Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions",
abstract = "Artificial illumination at night represents an increasingly concerning threat to ecosystems worldwide, altering persistence, behaviour, physiology and fitness of many organisms and their mutual interactions, in the long-term affecting ecosystem functioning. Bats are very sensitive to artificial light at night because they are obligate nocturnal and feed on insects which are often also responsive to lights. Here we tested the effects of LED lighting on prey-predator interactions at riverine ecosystems, using bats and their insect prey as models, and compared bat and insect reactions in terms of bat activity and prey insect abundance and diversity, respectively, on artificially lit vs. unlit nights. Artificial light influenced both insect and bat assemblages in taxon-specific directions: insect abundances increased at lit sites, particularly due to an increase in small dipterans near the light source. Composition of insect assemblages also differed significantly between lit and unlit sites. Total bat activity declined at lit sites, but this change was mainly due to the response of the most abundant species, Myotis daubentonii, while opportunistic species showed no reaction or even an opposite pattern (Pipistrellus kuhlii). We show that artificial lighting along rivers may affect trophic interactions between bats and insects, resulting in a profound alteration of community structure and dynamics.",
keywords = "ALAN, Artificial illumination, Chironomidae, Chiroptera, Rivers",
author = "Danilo Russo and Francesca Cosentino and Francesca Festa and {De Benedetta}, Flavia and Branka Pejic and Pierfilippo Cerretti and Leonardo Ancillotto",
year = "2019",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105",
language = "English",
volume = "252",
pages = "1671--1677",
journal = "Environmental Pollution",
issn = "0269-7491",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",

}

RIS - suitable for import to EndNote

TY - JOUR

T1 - Artificial illumination near rivers may alter bat-insect trophic interactions

AU - Russo, Danilo

AU - Cosentino, Francesca

AU - Festa, Francesca

AU - De Benedetta, Flavia

AU - Pejic, Branka

AU - Cerretti, Pierfilippo

AU - Ancillotto, Leonardo

PY - 2019/9/1

Y1 - 2019/9/1

N2 - Artificial illumination at night represents an increasingly concerning threat to ecosystems worldwide, altering persistence, behaviour, physiology and fitness of many organisms and their mutual interactions, in the long-term affecting ecosystem functioning. Bats are very sensitive to artificial light at night because they are obligate nocturnal and feed on insects which are often also responsive to lights. Here we tested the effects of LED lighting on prey-predator interactions at riverine ecosystems, using bats and their insect prey as models, and compared bat and insect reactions in terms of bat activity and prey insect abundance and diversity, respectively, on artificially lit vs. unlit nights. Artificial light influenced both insect and bat assemblages in taxon-specific directions: insect abundances increased at lit sites, particularly due to an increase in small dipterans near the light source. Composition of insect assemblages also differed significantly between lit and unlit sites. Total bat activity declined at lit sites, but this change was mainly due to the response of the most abundant species, Myotis daubentonii, while opportunistic species showed no reaction or even an opposite pattern (Pipistrellus kuhlii). We show that artificial lighting along rivers may affect trophic interactions between bats and insects, resulting in a profound alteration of community structure and dynamics.

AB - Artificial illumination at night represents an increasingly concerning threat to ecosystems worldwide, altering persistence, behaviour, physiology and fitness of many organisms and their mutual interactions, in the long-term affecting ecosystem functioning. Bats are very sensitive to artificial light at night because they are obligate nocturnal and feed on insects which are often also responsive to lights. Here we tested the effects of LED lighting on prey-predator interactions at riverine ecosystems, using bats and their insect prey as models, and compared bat and insect reactions in terms of bat activity and prey insect abundance and diversity, respectively, on artificially lit vs. unlit nights. Artificial light influenced both insect and bat assemblages in taxon-specific directions: insect abundances increased at lit sites, particularly due to an increase in small dipterans near the light source. Composition of insect assemblages also differed significantly between lit and unlit sites. Total bat activity declined at lit sites, but this change was mainly due to the response of the most abundant species, Myotis daubentonii, while opportunistic species showed no reaction or even an opposite pattern (Pipistrellus kuhlii). We show that artificial lighting along rivers may affect trophic interactions between bats and insects, resulting in a profound alteration of community structure and dynamics.

KW - ALAN

KW - Artificial illumination

KW - Chironomidae

KW - Chiroptera

KW - Rivers

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85068415849&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105

DO - 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.105

M3 - Article

C2 - 31284209

AN - SCOPUS:85068415849

VL - 252

SP - 1671

EP - 1677

JO - Environmental Pollution

JF - Environmental Pollution

SN - 0269-7491

ER -