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Biodiversity & Ecology
Journal of the Division Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants of the Biocenter Klein Flottbek, the Herbarium Hamburgense, and the Botanical Garden, University of Hamburg.
Short Database Report Open Access
BioChangeMeadows – German meadows in the 1950s, 1990s and in 2008
Keywords: central Europe; diversity; historical comparison; map; phytosociology.
Abstract: The BioChangeMeadows database (GIVD ID EU-DE-008) contains samples of moist and mesic meadows in northern and central Germany, and covers both historical (1950s and 1960s) and more recent (1990s, 2008) relevés. Analyses showed that plot-level diversity has decreased tremendously over time, which was largely irrespective of landscape context. Plant community composition shifted as well with decreasing numbers of insect-pollinated herbs and increasing numbers of grasses. Functional diversity showed similarly large declines as taxomomic diversity. Historical and current vegetation maps are also available and can be retrieved from the authors upon request.
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