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Traditional land uses enhanced plant biodiversity in a Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral system

Bagella, Simonetta and Caria, Marcello Alessandro and Farris, Emmanuele and Rossetti, Ivo and Filigheddu, Rossella Speranza (2014) Traditional land uses enhanced plant biodiversity in a Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral system. Plant Biosystems , in press. ISSN 1126-3504. eISSN 1724-5575. Article.

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DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2014.943319

Abstract

Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral systems play a key role in view of the positive contribution that they could offer to a sustainable development of European agriculture. The knowledge of the vegetation dynamics and of the processes and land uses favoring different vegetation types related to the same actual potential natural vegetation (PNV) could represent a sound reference framework for monitoring and managing plant biodiversity in these systems. The aim of the research was to evaluate plant diversity along a gradient of use intensity comparing the actual vegetation versus the PNV. The results of our research showed that in the studied Mediterranean agro-silvo-pastoral system, included in the same environmental unit, human activities enhanced plant biodiversity. Moreover, the case study presented here confirmed the effectiveness of those landscape approaches comparing actual vegetation versus the PNV for plant biodiversity monitoring and reinforced previous studies showing the effect of human activities on plant community diversity at the environmental unit scale in different biogeographical contexts.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10041
Status:In Press
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental unit, Habitat Directive, land use intensity, landscape, phytosociology, potential natural vegetation, Quercus suber
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/03 Botanica ambientale e applicata
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/02 Botanica sistematica
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/09 Fisiologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 02 Centri > Centro interdipartimentale Nucleo di ricerca sulla desertificazione
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze della Natura e del Territorio
001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1126-3504
eISSN:1724-5575
Deposited On:28 Aug 2014 12:13

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