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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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Distribution of growth forms within the selected species groups in the two zones. FD, fore dune zone; TD, transition dune zone.
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plw040-F3: Distribution of growth forms within the selected species groups in the two zones. FD, fore dune zone; TD, transition dune zone.


The use of plant community attributes to detect habitat quality in coastal environments
Distribution of growth forms within the selected species groups in the two zones. FD, fore dune zone; TD, transition dune zone.
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plw040-F3: Distribution of growth forms within the selected species groups in the two zones. FD, fore dune zone; TD, transition dune zone.

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.

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