Effects of roads on adjacent plant community composition and ecosystem function: An example from three calcareous ecosystems.

@article{Lee2012EffectsOR,
  title={Effects of roads on adjacent plant community composition and ecosystem function: An example from three calcareous ecosystems.},
  author={Mark D. Lee and Linda Davies and Sally A. Power},
  journal={Environmental pollution},
  year={2012},
  volume={163},
  pages={273-80}
}
Roads and exhaust emissions can affect plant communities directly, for example via direct foliar uptake of exhaust products, or indirectly via changes to soil biogeochemistry and hydrology. A transect study adjacent to roads of different traffic densities was carried out at three species-rich calcareous grasslands in south eastern England. Measured annual NO(2) concentrations and modelled NH(3) concentrations increased towards the roads and with higher traffic densities, and there was evidence… CONTINUE READING
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