A1 Journal article – refereed
Impacts of edge density of field patches on plant species richness and community turnover among margin habitats in agricultural landscapes

List of Authors: Maohua Ma, Reija Hietala, Mikko Kuussaari, Juha Helenius
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Ecological Indicators
Journal name in source: ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS
Journal acronym: ECOL INDIC
Volume number: 31
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 1470-160X

By comparing the roles of three landscape groups (the two different edge types as well as all edges grouped together) in explaining plant species richness (at alpha and gamma level) and community turnover (at beta level) in the sampled landscape squares, we found that density index of non-crop field edges surrounded by contrast land use is an effective indicator of species diversity at beta and gamma level. This study suggested that field margins surrounded by contrast land use shall be considered as a priority landscape element in agricultural edge network design, whereas simply using the density of all field edges to indicate species diversity without separating the different effects of various edge types shall not be recommended. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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