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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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Means ± SD of the analysed fine-scale biotic variables in the FD and in the TD.
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plw040-F4: Means ± SD of the analysed fine-scale biotic variables in the FD and in the TD.

Mentions: FD and TD zones showed analogous trends of variation with respect to the variables analyzed. However, only the TD zone revealed significant differences in the Monte Carlo test (Table 2 and Fig. 4). Overall, the TD zone showed a significant reduction in the mean species richness per plot and mean species cover per plot. These overall changes in community attributes reflected more fine-grained modification and turnover in species composition, ecological groups and growth forms.Figure 4.


The use of plant community attributes to detect habitat quality in coastal environments
Means ± SD of the analysed fine-scale biotic variables in the FD and in the TD.
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plw040-F4: Means ± SD of the analysed fine-scale biotic variables in the FD and in the TD.
Mentions: FD and TD zones showed analogous trends of variation with respect to the variables analyzed. However, only the TD zone revealed significant differences in the Monte Carlo test (Table 2 and Fig. 4). Overall, the TD zone showed a significant reduction in the mean species richness per plot and mean species cover per plot. These overall changes in community attributes reflected more fine-grained modification and turnover in species composition, ecological groups and growth forms.Figure 4.

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.