Floristic diversity of meadow steppes in the Western Siberian Plain: effects of abiotic site conditions, management and landscape structure

@article{Mathar2015FloristicDO,
  title={Floristic diversity of meadow steppes in the Western Siberian Plain: effects of abiotic site conditions, management and landscape structure},
  author={Wanja P. Mathar and Immo K{\"a}mpf and Till Kleinebecker and Igor Kuzmin and Andrey V Tolstikov and Sergey Tupitsin and Norbert H{\"o}lzel},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={2361-2379}
}
Temperate grasslands have suffered from severe habitat loss and degradation worldwide. In Russia, vast areas of forest-steppe grasslands have been converted to cropland during Soviet times, whilst remaining grasslands were often intensively grazed. Contrastingly, the collapse of the Soviet Union have resulted in a massive reduction in livestock numbers and cessation of management. Albeit relatively large natural grassland areas remained in the Western Siberian Plain, their present condition is… CONTINUE READING

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