Local extinction of grassland plants: the landscape matrix is more important than patch attributes.

@article{Williams2006LocalEO,
  title={Local extinction of grassland plants: the landscape matrix is more important than patch attributes.},
  author={Nicholas S. G. Williams and J. A. W. Morgan and Michael A. Mccarthy and Mark J. McDonnell},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={87 12},
  pages={3000-6}
}
Past studies of local extinctions in fragmented habitats most often tested the influence of fragment size and isolation while ignoring how differences in the surrounding landscape matrix may govern extinction. We assessed how both the spatial attributes of remnant patches (area and isolation) and landscape factors (extent of urbanization and maximum inter-fire interval) influence the persistence of native plant species in grasslands in western Victoria, Australia. Persistence was determined in… CONTINUE READING
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