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A global method for calculating plant CSR ecological strategies applied across biomes world‐wide
The CSR strategies of vascular plants can be compared quantitatively within and between biomes at the global scale and the strategy–environment relationships it elucidates will help to predict which kinds of species may assemble in response to changes in biogeochemical cycles, climate and land use.
The response of plant community diversity to alien invasion: evidence from a sand dune time series
An overall significant decline of species richness over the last six decades was revealed and the severity of the impact was found to be determined by a combination of species attributes, habitat properties, and human disturbance suggesting that alien species should be referred to as “passengers” and not as ‘drivers’ of ecosystem change.
Phytocoenotic diversity of the N-Adriatic coastal sand dunes - The herbaceous communities of the fixed dunes and the vegetation of the interdunal wetlands
The hemicryptophytic, chamaephytic and therophytic communities which inhabit the fixed sand dunes of the N-Adriatic coast, along with those of the interdunal wetlands, have been studied from the
Effects of Disturbance on Sandy Coastal Ecosystems of N-Adriatic Coasts (Italy)
All coastal European Countries, and particularly those of the Mediterranean Basin (Curr et al., 2000; European Environment Agency [EEA], 1999), suffer from the loss and degradation of sand dune
Are the ancient forests of the Eastern Po Plain large enough for a long term conservation of herbaceous nemoral species?
Habitat quality, in terms of suitability for forest species, was found to be important in explaining the presence of species of high conservation value, but patch age played a major role too and the extinction of specialists seems to occur mainly in a deterministic way.
Plant community attributes affect dry grassland orchid establishment
This work explored the extent to which plant community attributes affect the abundance and reproductive fitness of three orchid species, native to dry grasslands, and revealed that local herbaceous vegetation structure influences the cover and fruit set of targetOrchid species.
Local versus landscape-scale effects of anthropogenic land-use on forest species richness
Abstract The study investigated the effects of human-induced landscape patterns on species richness in forests. For 80 plots of fixed size, we measured human disturbance (categorized as
Enzymatic scarification of Anacamptis morio (Orchidaceae) seed facilitates lignin degradation, water uptake and germination.
Laccase scarification can stimulate germination of A. morio through a mechanism of targeted seed coat degradation, and the results demonstrate the potential of this relatively non-invasive enzymatic scarification technique.
Does flowering synchrony contribute to the sustainment of dry grassland biodiversity
The findings suggest that flowering synchrony might be a key characteristic which may contribute to shape dry grassland composition by favouring the long lasting maintenance of rare species populations within the community.