Methods for analysing the response of vegetation to land use

Methods for analysing the response of vegetation to land use
Methods for ana­lys­ing the response of veget­a­tion to land use

The assess­ment of eco­lo­gical gradi­ents and func­tional com­pos­i­tion of plant com­munit­ies will affect sub­sequent pre­dic­tions as to how those com­munit­ies will react to dis­turb­ances. Focusing on leaf dry mat­ter con­tent (LDMC), Duru et al. com­pare meth­ods for assess­ing the impact of dif­fer­ent dis­turb­ances and nutri­ent con­di­tions upon func­tional char­ac­ter­ist­ics of 69 grass­land com­munit­ies. They find that estim­ates based on a data­base of plant traits cor­rel­ate well with actual meas­ure­ments provided that vari­ations in tem­per­at­ure are taken into account, and that the N-Ellenberg index out-performs meth­ods based on plant nutri­ent content.

Annals of Botany Office.

The Annals of Botany Office is based at the University of Leicester.

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