Biodiversity & Ecology
Short Database Report Open Access
Lucanian Vegetation Database
Keywords: environmental monitoring; phytosociology; vegetation classification.
Abstract: Electronic databases of vegetation plots are considered useful tools for ecological analysis, monitoring and conservation purposes and have been established in many different European countries. In Italy we highlight a general lackof large database regarding flora and vegetation issues. In the Laboratory of Environmental and Applied Botany Laboratory of the Basilicata University, in 2010 we started to assemble a regional databases of vegetation plots using the TURBOVEG software, which is widely used to store vegetation data in an electronic format, to classify and analyse large phytosociological tables and other ecological data (e.g life forms, Ellenberg indicator values etc.). The Basilicata regional database includes published and unpublished data regarding the administrative Region and conterminous areas. We considered for inclusion in the database phytosociological relevés or any other vegetation plots containing records of species composition (of at least vascular plants) and an estimate of species cover. We extended the standard structure of the database by defining extra fields to fit particular needs, such as including the precision of the data location (i.e. a crucial issue for environmental monitoring). A reference check-list of the taxa was set up mostly following Conti et al. (2005) including several largely adopted synonymous to facilitate the correct input of relevé data. The ecological database are linked to the vascular species list such as Ellenberg indicator values, life forms or chorotypes. The Lucanian Vegetation Database (GIVD ID EU-IT-003) includes approximately 1,700 relevé and, contains useful information to test several ecological hypotheses and for wide-scale vegetation classification. Furthermore it facilitates the data flow between the national and local databases and makes it easier to use vegetation-plot data for conservation issues such as biodiversity and habitat monitoring and for land use/cover changes evaluation. Related to this project we started to update the check-list of syntaxa, the list of publications regarding flora and vegetation, the herbarium database and we plan to assemble a provisional syntaxonomical scheme for the region.
Rosati, L., Potenza, G., Fascetti, S. (2012): Lucanian Vegetation Database. – 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: 397–397. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00186.