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Super-regional land-use change and effects on the grassland specialist flora

Auffret, Alistair and Kimberley, Adam and Plue, Jan and Waldén, Emelie (2018). Super-regional land-use change and effects on the grassland specialist flora. Nature communications. 9 , 1-7
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Abstract

Habitat loss through land-use change is the most pressing threat to biodiversity worldwide. European semi-natural grasslands have suffered an ongoing decline since the early twentieth century, but we have limited knowledge of how grassland loss has affected biodiversity across large spatial scales. We quantify land-use change over 50-70 years across a 175,000 km(2) super-region in southern Sweden, identifying a widespread loss of open cover and a homogenisation of landscape structure, although these patterns vary considerably depending on the historical composition of the landscape. Analysing species inventories from 46,796 semi-natural grasslands, our results indicate that habitat loss and degradation have resulted in a decline in grassland specialist plant species. Local factors are the best predictors of specialist richness, but the historical landscape predicts present-day richness better than the contemporary landscape. This supports the widespread existence of time-lagged biodiversity responses, indicating that further species losses could occur in the future.

Authors/Creators:Auffret, Alistair and Kimberley, Adam and Plue, Jan and Waldén, Emelie
Title:Super-regional land-use change and effects on the grassland specialist flora
Series/Journal:Nature communications (BIB12050572)
Year of publishing :2018
Volume:9
Page range:1-7
Number of Pages:7
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISSN:2041-1723
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:habitat loss, biodiversity, semi-natural grasslands, landscape structure, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5177
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-5177
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1038/s41467-018-05991-y
Web of Science (WoS)000442790100015
ID Code:15839
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 11:02
Metadata Last Modified:18 Jan 2019 11:02

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