Biodiversity & Ecology
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Vegetation Database of Successional Permanent Plots in Göttingen
Keywords: Germany; land abandonment; long-term study; permanent plot.
Abstract: Since 1968 an experimental study site on old-field succession in Göttingen (Lower Saxony, Germany) has delivered continuous data on vegetation development on permanent plots. The 23 plots (125–200 m²) cover a range of undisturbed sites since the beginning of the experiment or since 1983 differing in their initial treatment, to plots undergoing a certain yearly treatment like mowing intensities (with and without fertilizer treatment) or ploughing. Beside continuous species lists and cover values, soil chemical properties, biomass data, measurement of PAR or seed bank analysis are available whether continuous or as interval data. Such long-term permanent plot studies, in particular in comparison with similar case studies from all over the world, may enlarge our knowledge on patterns and processes of vegetation dynamics. This report describes the available content in the Vegetation Database of Successional Permanent Plots in Göttingen (GIVD ID EU-DE-015).
Schmidt, W., Dölle, M., Parth, A. (2012): Vegetation Database of Successional Permanent Plots in Göttingen. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 356–356. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00147.