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The use of plant community attributes to detect habitat quality in coastal environments

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To detect changes in coastal ecosystems, we evaluated the variation over time in some vegetation features, such as species composition and structure (species richness, cover, growth forms). We found that ecological groups of species such as native focal species (species that provide essential ecological functions) and aliens (species that spread outside their natural distribution), and growth forms proved their efficacy in discriminating between habitat types and in describing their changes over time. The approach used in the current study may provide an instrument for the assessment of plant community quality that can be applied to other coastal ecosystems.

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Ordination scatter diagram of sampled plots, using species as explanatory variables. Only the first two axes are represented. Number ‘1’: 2000s plots; number ‘2’: 2012 plots.
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plw040-F2: Ordination scatter diagram of sampled plots, using species as explanatory variables. Only the first two axes are represented. Number ‘1’: 2000s plots; number ‘2’: 2012 plots.

Mentions: The ordination scatter diagram (Fig. 2) indicated groups of surveys according to their floristic composition. In particular, axis one shows a distinctive separation between FD and TD, reflecting the strong coastal dune zonation along the sea-inland environmental gradient.Figure 2.


The use of plant community attributes to detect habitat quality in coastal environments
Ordination scatter diagram of sampled plots, using species as explanatory variables. Only the first two axes are represented. Number ‘1’: 2000s plots; number ‘2’: 2012 plots.
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plw040-F2: Ordination scatter diagram of sampled plots, using species as explanatory variables. Only the first two axes are represented. Number ‘1’: 2000s plots; number ‘2’: 2012 plots.
Mentions: The ordination scatter diagram (Fig. 2) indicated groups of surveys according to their floristic composition. In particular, axis one shows a distinctive separation between FD and TD, reflecting the strong coastal dune zonation along the sea-inland environmental gradient.Figure 2.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

To detect changes in coastal ecosystems, we evaluated the variation over time in some vegetation features, such as species composition and structure (species richness, cover, growth forms). We found that ecological groups of species such as native focal species (species that provide essential ecological functions) and aliens (species that spread outside their natural distribution), and growth forms proved their efficacy in discriminating between habitat types and in describing their changes over time. The approach used in the current study may provide an instrument for the assessment of plant community quality that can be applied to other coastal ecosystems.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus