Data from: Fatal attraction: vegetation responses to nutrient inputs attract herbivores to infectious anthrax carcass sites

Turner WC, Kausrud KL, Krishnappa YS, Cromsigt JPGM, Ganz HH, Mapaure I, Cloete CC, Havarua Z, Küsters M, Getz WM, Stenseth NC

Date Published: September 4, 2014

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m49k6

 

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Title Soil nutrient data from carcass sites
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Description Soil nutrient data collected at anthrax negative, plains zebra carcass sites one, two and three years after death. Samples were collected 0, 1.5, 4.5 and 7.5m from carcass centers. Soil characteristics measured include pH, organic matter, P, K, Ca, Mg, Na and Kjeldhal N.
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Title Grass biomass and nitrogen data from carcass sites
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Description Grass data collected at anthrax negative, plains zebra carcass sites one, two and three years after death. Samples were collected 1.5m (zone 1), 4.5m (zone 2) and 7.5m (zone 3) from carcass centers. Measurements include grass biomass (g/m^2) averaged across the two replicate quadrats sampled and grass nitrogen, measured as Kjeldahl N. NA values for nitrogen samples were of insufficient mass for analysis.
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Title Bacillus anthracis measurements at carcass sites
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Description Bacillus anthracis (BA) colony forming units (CFU)/g measured at plains zebra anthrax positive carcass sites one, two or three years after death. Samples include the above ground component of grass ("grass"), the roots and soil surrounding the plant ("soil"). CFU measurements here are an average of three replicate plant and soil samples collected at each site.
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Title Camera trap data from carcass and control sites
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Description Grazing and visitation data collected using motion sensing camera traps at anthrax carcass or control sites (camera= Carcass or Control), for springbok (AM), plains zebra (EQ), gemsbok (OG) or blue wildebeest (CT). "gap" refers to whether the paired camera from the site was functional or not when that particular photo sequence was recorded (N=no, there was no gap in the other camera, Y=yes, there was a gap, i.e. the paired camera was not functioning). Number_grazing is the number of individuals observed grazing during the photo sequence; number_in_rocks is the number of individuals observed within the rock-defined site during the photo sequence.
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Turner WC, Kausrud KL, Krishnappa YS, Cromsigt JPGM, Ganz HH, Mapaure I, Cloete CC, Havarua Z, Küsters M, Getz WM, Stenseth NC (2014) Fatal attraction: vegetation responses to nutrient inputs attract herbivores to infectious anthrax carcass sites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281(1795): 20141785. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.1785

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Turner WC, Kausrud KL, Krishnappa YS, Cromsigt JPGM, Ganz HH, Mapaure I, Cloete CC, Havarua Z, Küsters M, Getz WM, Stenseth NC (2014) Data from: Fatal attraction: vegetation responses to nutrient inputs attract herbivores to infectious anthrax carcass sites. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m49k6
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