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Linear infrastructure habitats increase landscape-scale diversity of plants but not of flower-visiting insects

Dániel Ferreira, Juliana and Bommarco, Riccardo and Wissman, Jörgen and Öckinger, Erik (2020). Linear infrastructure habitats increase landscape-scale diversity of plants but not of flower-visiting insects. Scientific Reports. 10 , 21374
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Habitats along linear infrastructure, such as roads and electrical transmission lines, can have high local biodiversity. To determine whether these habitats also contribute to landscape-scale biodiversity, we estimated species richness, evenness and phylogenetic diversity of plant, butterfy and bumblebee communities in 32 km2 landscapes with or without power line corridors, and with contrasting areas of road verges. Landscapes with power line corridors had on average six more plant species than landscapes without power lines, but there was no such efect for butterfies and bumblebees. Plant communities displayed considerable evenness in species abundances both in landscapes with and without power lines and high and low road verge densities. We hypothesize that the higher number of plant species in landscapes with power line corridors is due to these landscapes having a higher extinction debt than the landscapes without power line corridors, such that plant diversity is declining slower in landscapes with power lines. This calls for targeted conservation actions in semi-natural grasslands within landscapes with power line corridors to maintain biodiversity and prevent imminent population extinctions.

Authors/Creators:Dániel Ferreira, Juliana and Bommarco, Riccardo and Wissman, Jörgen and Öckinger, Erik
Title:Linear infrastructure habitats increase landscape-scale diversity of plants but not of flower-visiting insects
Series Name/Journal:Scientific Reports
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:10
Article number:21374
Number of Pages:11
ISSN:2045-2322
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
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
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109214
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109214
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DOI10.1038/s41598-020-78090-y
ID Code:19665
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
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Deposited On:17 Dec 2020 11:03
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:20

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