Vegetation in clear-cuts depends on previous land use: a century-old grassland legacy

  title={Vegetation in clear-cuts depends on previous land use: a century-old grassland legacy},
  author={Dennis Jonason and Mathias Ibbe and Per Milberg and Albert Tun{\'e}r and Lars A Westerberg and Karl-Olof Bergman},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
Plant species richness in central and northern European seminatural grasslands is often more closely linked to past than present habitat configuration, which is indicative of an extinction debt. In this study, we investigate whether signs of historical grassland management can be found in clear-cuts after at least 80 years as coniferous production forest by comparing floras between clear-cuts with a history as meadow and as forest in the 1870s in Sweden. Study sites were selected using old land… CONTINUE READING
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