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Emmanuel Torquebiau

12 shared publications

CIRAD, UPR AIDA, 34398 Montpellier, France

Nathalie Cholet

5 shared publications

Laboratory of Cerebrovascular Research, CNRS UPR646, University of Paris 7, Paris, France

Philippe Letourmy

5 shared publications

CIRAD, UPR 13, TA 70/07, 34398 Montpellier cedex 05, France

L. Verburgt

2 shared publications

University of Pretoria

Publication Record
Distribution of Articles published per year 
(1997 - 2013)
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Article 2 Reads 3 Citations Designing an Index to Reveal the Potential of Multipurpose Landscapes in Southern Africa Emmanuel Torquebiau, Nathalie Cholet, Willem Ferguson, Phili... Published: 02 December 2013
Land, doi: 10.3390/land2040705
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Multipurpose mosaic (“ecoagriculture”) landscapes can serve the purpose of land sharing to combine objectives of agricultural production and biodiversity conservation. Rewarding the people who shape and maintain those landscapes could act as a mechanism to generate added-value representing an indirect payment for ecosystem services. We investigated the feasibility of such an approach in two areas in Southern Africa differing in spatial configurations, history and socio-economic context. We designed and tested a composite index describing the state of each landscape in terms of ecoagriculture criteria (conservation, production, institutions and livelihood) and ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating and cultural services). The resulting index is made up of different sets of data each comprising 40 scores, obtained from stakeholders’ participatory interviews. Ecosystem services are in general assigned more importance than ecoagriculture criteria. In both cases, cultural services receive the highest scores, whereas the lowest ones are attributed to the livelihood and institutions in the Zimbabwean and South African sites, respectively. Index values reveal that the South African site, where there is more integration between land-use units, does better in terms of a landscape performing multiple functions. Provided relevant stakeholders are involved and a certification mechanism is developed, the landscape labelling index can be used to recognize and reward the value of outstanding rural landscapes.
Article 2 Reads 7 Citations Mate choice in field crickets: can females acoustically detect male body size? L. Verburgt, J. W. H. Ferguson Published: 29 May 2009
Journal of Ethology, doi: 10.1007/s10164-009-0166-8
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Article 2 Reads 12 Citations Phonotactic response of female crickets on the Kramer treadmill: methodology, sensory and behavioural implications. L. Verburgt, T. Weber, J. W. H. Ferguson Published: 30 November 2007
Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, doi: 10.1007/s00359-007-0292-0
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Since population-level variation in female mating preferences can shape intraspecific communication systems within the context of sexual selection it is essential to quantify these preferences and their sources of variation. We calculated individual female response functions for four male calling song traits in the field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, by performing untethered phonotaxis measurements on a spherical locomotor compensator (Kramer treadmill). Firstly, we quantify the population-level sources of phonotactic variation and correct for factors that adversely affect this measurement. Secondly, we develop methodology for the characterisation of individual female phonotactic response functions suitable for population-level analyses and demonstrate the applicability of our method with respect to recent literature on Orthopteran acoustic communication. Phonotaxis towards a preferred stimulus on different occasions is highly repeatable, with lower repeatabilities away from the most preferred signal traits. For certain male signal traits, female preference and selectivity are highly repeatable. Although phonotactic response magnitude deteriorated with age, preference functions of females remained the same during their lifetimes. Finally, the limitations of measuring phonotaxis using a spherical locomotor compensator are described and discussed with respect to the estimation of the selectivity of female response.
Article 2 Reads 9 Citations Conservation Implications of Genetic Differentiation in Southern African Populations of Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicorn... M. K. J. Swart, J. W. H. Ferguson Published: 01 February 1997
Conservation Biology, doi: 10.1046/j.1523-1739.1997.95180.x
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