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Biodiversity & Ecology

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BioChangeMeadows – German meadows in the 1950s, 1990s and in 2008

Karsten Wesche* & Benjamin Krause

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00142

*Corresponding author contact: karsten.wesche@senckenberg.de

Biodiversity & Ecology  (Biodivers. Ecol.)

Special Volume: Vegetation databases for the 21st century,
edited by Jürgen Dengler, Jens Oldeland, Florian Jansen, Milan Chytrý, Jörg Ewald, Manfred Finckh, Falko Glöckler, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Robert K. Peet & Joop H.J. Schaminée
Volume 4, pages 351–351, Sep 12
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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.

Suggested citation:
Wesche, K., Krause, B. (2012): BioChangeMeadows – German meadows in the 1950s, 1990s and in 2008. – 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: 351–351. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00142.