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Understory succession in post-agricultural oak forests Habitat fragmentation affects forest specialists and generalists differently



Understory succession in post-agricultural oak forests Habitat fragmentation affects forest specialists and generalists differently



Forest Ecology and Management 262(9): 0-1871



The herbaceous understory forms the richest stratum in temperate broadleaved forests in terms of plant diversity. Understanding the process of understory succession is thus of critical importance for the development of management guidelines for biodiversity restoration in post-agricultural plantation forests.We studied effects of stand age, forest fragmentation, and soil and canopy conditions on species richness and abundance of four species groups in the understory of post-arable oak plantations in southern Sweden: herbaceous forest specialists, habitat generalists and open-land species, and woody species.The group of forest specialists may approach the richness of continuously forested sites after 6 8years in non-fragmented plantations, but. Highlights: We studied succession of understory vegetation in post-arable oak plantations. Many forest specialists were sensitive to habitat fragmentation. Generalist and woody species were not affected by fragmentation. Forest specialists are favoured by intermediate soil pH and canopy cover.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.08.007


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