Biodiversity and conservation of heathlands (Invited Review)

Biodiversity and conservation of heathlands (Invited Review)

Biodiversity and con­ser­va­tion of heath­lands (Invited Review)

Heathlands are human-shaped hab­it­ats that have a strong cul­tural and nat­ural value, adding sub­stan­tially to many eco­sys­tem ser­vices such as food and water sup­ply, car­bon sequest­ra­tion, recre­ation and biod­iversity con­ser­va­tion. Fagúndez reviews the spe­cific response of heath­land eco­sys­tems to the main drivers of biod­iversity loss, which include land-use changes, pol­lu­tion, cli­mate change, nat­ural suc­ces­sion and human man­age­ment, as well as the pres­ence of invas­ive exotic spe­cies. These drivers have gen­er­ally been treated sep­ar­ately, but their com­plex inter­ac­tions demand a more integ­rated approach in order to pre­dict hab­itat response to future scenarios.

Annals of Botany Office.

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

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