Habitat change and plant demography: assessing the extinction risk of a formerly common grassland perennial.

@article{Schleuning2009HabitatCA,
  title={Habitat change and plant demography: assessing the extinction risk of a formerly common grassland perennial.},
  author={Matthias Schleuning and Diethart Matthies},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={174-83}
}
An important aim of conservation biology is to understand how habitat change affects the dynamics and extinction risk of populations. We used matrix models to analyze the effect of habitat degradation on the demography of the declining perennial plant Trifolium montanum in 9 calcareous grasslands in Germany over 4 years and experimentally tested the effect of grassland management. Finite population growth rates (lambda) decreased with light competition, measured as leaf-area index above T… CONTINUE READING
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