Evidence for Recent Decline of Arthropods in Germany is Not Yet Robust
4 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 6, 2019
Sampling in Germany, Seibold et al. present an interesting and impressive study of arthropods in grassland vegetation and those in flight in forest. However, the remarkable scale of this study can lead to a misunderstanding as to claims that can be made from the observed declines. The evidence for a recent decline in arthropod abundance in Germany is not yet robust.
Keywords: biases, climate, decline, insect, land use, methods, sampling, sweep netting, time series, trend, weather
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