Plant species diversity changes in abandoned chestnut (Castanea sativa) groves in southern France

  title={Plant species diversity changes in abandoned chestnut (Castanea sativa) groves in southern France},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Gondard and François Romane and Michel Grandjanny and Junqing Li and James C. Aronson},
  journal={Biodiversity & Conservation},
Over the last few decades, marked land use changes have taken place in many Mediterranean ecosystems. For example, many chestnut groves in France are now abandoned and have turned into 'natural' coppice stands while others are now clear-cut every 10 or 15 years for wood. Species composition and life form diversity of the plant communities have changed markedly both in the abandoned groves and in the periodically clear-cut coppice stands. What are the consequences of these changes on… CONTINUE READING

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