Effects of Previous Land-Use on Plant Species Composition and Diversity in Mediterranean Forests

Kouba, Yacine and Martinez Garcia, Felipe and Frutos, Angel de and Alados, Concepcion (2015). Effects of Previous Land-Use on Plant Species Composition and Diversity in Mediterranean Forests. "Plos One", v. 10 (n. 9); pp. 1-15. ISSN 1932-6203. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0139031.

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Title: Effects of Previous Land-Use on Plant Species Composition and Diversity in Mediterranean Forests
Author/s:
  • Kouba, Yacine
  • Martinez Garcia, Felipe
  • Frutos, Angel de
  • Alados, Concepcion
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Plos One
Date: September 2015
ISSN: 1932-6203
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Bosque mediterráneo, Usos del suelo, Gestión del suelo
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

At some point in their history, most forests in the Mediterranean Basin have been subjected to intensive management or converted to agriculture land. Knowing how forest plant communities recovered after the abandonment of forest-management or agricultural practices (including livestock grazing) provides a basis for investigating how previous land management have affected plant species diversity and composition in forest ecosystems. Our study investigated the consequences of historical “land management” practices on present-day Mediterranean forests by comparing species assemblages and the diversity of (i) all plant species and (ii) each ecological group defined by species’ habitat preferences and successional status (i.e., early-, mid-, and late-successional species). We compared forest stands that differed both in land-use history and in successional stage. In addition, we evaluated the value of those stands for biodiversity conservation. The study revealed significant compositional differentiation among stands that was due to among-stand variations in the diversity (namely, species richness and evenness) of early-, intermediate-, and late-successional species. Historical land management has led to an increase in compositional divergences among forest stands and the loss of late-successional forest species.

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Item ID: 44830
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/44830/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:44830
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139031
Official URL: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0139031
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 14 Mar 2017 13:34
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 14:41
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